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Land and measured building surveys – quality v cost

We are not big enough to undertake all the work that we are asked to quote for. Competition is fine, as long as it is fair competition and all the surveys will be of the same standard.

Unfortunately if the quotation brief only requests ‘ a land survey of the area marked in red’, then there is likely to be a large difference in quality as well as price. Imagine if you asked the builder to build you a house, but specified nothing further……

   you might end up with either 

Sadly it is often only after the completed survey comes back that the designer realises that the level of detail included is not fit for the purpose that they had intended. This is why we always issue a detailed brief which covers what we will include. Nearly 30 years of working with architects and designers means we have a fair idea of what information is likely to be required.

Don’t tell anyone, but we keep a folder, into which we place ‘questionable quality’ surveys, which we are sometimes sent. Often these are forwarded to us by regular clients who do not   ‘trust’ the previous survey, or need the original survey to be supplemented with additional information, as the original survey failed to gather everything required.

The annoying thing is that someone has already been paid to undertake this work.

Caveat Emptor

Highest price does not necessarily mean the best, but if you get more than 3 prices for something and the lowest is much lower than the others then you should really ask yourself why ?

Effectively you are buying time from us. Typically a degree educated surveyor with several years of experience,  a technician to assist and then maybe £20 000 worth of surveying kit, plus then insurance and the costs of processing and drawing the data.  This is true for anyone in the industry and with several teams of surveyors our fixed costs are pretty low.

We maintain very extensive records as to our productivity, so we have great faith in our quotations. Thus it suggests that if someone is charging half the price, then they are spending a lot less time than we were going to and it infers either the accuracy or the content (or both) will not be to the same standard.

It is such a shame to only later realise that the levels are not correct, or that you need to pay for someone to return to site to gather height information on surrounding buildings, or tree diameters for example, which we would have included as standard.

Further discussion on this topic can be found at the following link:

Pricing of Land and Measured Building Surveys

Land Surveys In Gloucestershire – hospitals, racecourses and boarding schools !

Well it has just about stopped raining for now at least. Our office in Pershore got even closer to the River Avon once more.

This is the main road which runs from Worcester to Evesham through Pershore.  On this particular morning a large detour was required !

Thankfully the rain has not slowed us down too much and we have been busy  working on lots of measured land and building surveys in Gloucestershire this month for some well  known clients, notably Cheltenham Ladies  College and Cheltenham Racecourse.

Another first for us was to measure a MRI scanning room in The Gloucester Royal Hospital, where we had to liaise closely with the client to achieve the work outside normal scanning hours. The beauty of life as a measurement surveyor is that you really do get to go to some very interesting places (and then measure them !)

Land Surveys In Birmingham, Devon and Everywhere Inbetween

Where does time go, one minute it is spring and the next moment we are at the school holidays (not sure where summer is yet !) We came up with a long list of places that we have been busy surveying in. As well as the usual land surveys in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Worcester, Hereford,  Birmingham and so on we have also been busy slightly further afield. Our Devon office has undertaken measured building and land surveys in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and we have also had staff in Mayfair, Hammersmith, Ashby-De-La-Zouche,  and Ascot to name but a few. When totalled together we covered over 70 000 miles last year and yet still managed to undertake our most local survey ever – the property next door.

Spring Land Surveys in Devon and Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and lots of other places !

We have been so busy undertaking land and measured building surveys that there has hardly been a moment to blog about it. Spring has arrived seemingly both in terms of the weather and the amount of work that we have successfully quoted for. We have been particularly busy in the education sector, both public and private, primary schools to Universities, measuring floor plans, elevations and land surveys in Bath, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Devon, Worcester and Oxford. But with spring in mind here are some of the ladies we have recently encountered when measuring up around their barn !

Land surveyors in Exeter – deep in the plant room

The whole purpose of this blog is to try to give a flavour of some of the projects and places our land surveyors and measured building surveyors get to measure. Often our surveys are used by a range of other professionals like civil engineers, architects, mechanical and electrical surveyors who have an accurate base plan onto which they can record their data. Such was the case with this plant room,  that we measured as part of a larger floor plan and elevation survey of a retail site in Exeter.

I can't see any plants

Land Surveys, Birmingham, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and beyond

I have just done a quick tot up of the land and measured building surveys that we have completed in September.

7 in Birmingham

2 in Oxfordshire

1 in Suffolk

5 in Worcestershire

5 in Gloucestershire

5 in Devon

2 in Cornwall

1 in Gwent

1 in Shropshire

2 in London

One of the best bits of the role of the surveyor is to get out and meet people (and sometimes get bitten by their horses !)

Birmingham Measured Building Survey – in the loft

We have been very busy in Birmingham and the West Midlands in the last few weeks, including a measured building survey which required a detailed survey of the loft area. No fun if you are over 6 foot tall.

Of course you can only put a survey instrument (total station) in a loft space if there is a stable base on which to set up on and even then you have to be very careful moving around so that the total station does not go off level.

Land Surveys In Birmingham

We seem to have been busy undertaking land and measured building surveys around Birmingham for the last few weeks, as well as Henley, London, The Forest of Dean, Somerset and as ever Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Devon.

We have recently completed a land survey and outline / street scene elevation survey for a client in Birmingham. The elevation drawings are accurate, but with little detail, so no pipes for instance or window detail. Often this type of elevation survey is used by planners to gain information on surrounding building to the development site itself, it can also be used for lights of right calculations.

Land and Measured Building Surveys Celebrating 3000 Surveys

We have passed another milestone this week, having just been instructed on our 3000th land and measured building survey. This represents 20 years of measuring small back gardens, city office blocks, retail stores, schools, universities and everything in-between. Sadly it also means many of our staff have more grey hair than when they started with us, in some cases many years ago. This blog is dedicated to them – the very able, conscientious staff of A DHorner Limited – Thank You.

3000 Land and Measured Building Surveys