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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

Snow Land surveying in Worcestershire

There are times when no matter how much planning you do, the weather still gets the better of you. Fortunately our fantastic staff were well prepared and although there was not much land or measured building surveying completed on site on Monday, by our midlands based staff, there was plenty of drawing completed. Of course our Devon office was totally green.

Interesting land surveying conditions

Land surveys – frequently asked questions

My architect has told me I need a survey. What’s it for?

In simple terms we are map makers. We map land (land or topographic surveys – they are the same thing) and buildings. (Floor plans of the internal layout, elevations of the existing outside of buildings)

Usually if you are putting in a planning application for a new build, extension, major renovation or landscaping project you will need a measured survey.

This could be a land survey – a very detailed map which will show the position and size of existing features, such as buildings, paths, trees, boundaries and also provide information on the levels across the land.

I remember summer
I remember summer

This information is critical for planners to make informed decisions, for architects to design and for builders to build.

You cannot rely on an Ordnance Survey map for your project, they are not accurate enough, do not have sufficient level information or map the existing features adequately.



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 !)

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 Surveying in Torquay, Devon with dinosaurs

With 21 years of experience in land and measured building surveying A D Horner Limited has measured many things in it’s time and although some of our staff have been surveying for 40 years, not even they can recall measuring dinosaurs ! As a photo opportunity though who could resist ?

Fortunately the dinosaurs were friendly and no major incidents occurred. If you want to visit these very friendly ones yourself you can at Torquay’s Dinosaur World

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 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

Land Surveyors in Gloucestershire

A D Horner Limited, Land and Measured Building Surveyors have been busy in own own home patches of Worcestershire and Gloucestershire recently, undertaking large and small land surveys for garden design, construction, housing developments and local authority flood relief type land surveys. From Tewkesbury to Cheltenham, Gloucester to Tetbury there are not many towns and villages in the last twenty years that we have not been to, either to undertake land surveys or measured building surveys – there are plenty of lovely cottages, historic houses (like the beautiful Wallsworth Hall) and barns that we have produced floor plans and elevations of throughout Gloucestershire. I wonder how many of our 3000 surveys we have completed will have been in Gloucestershire ?

Land Surveys Birmingham Barnstaple and Beyond

First post of the New Year and we are already nearly out of January, which has been a very busy month with lots of new orders and enquiries, hopefully a sign of increased market activity for all. Pre Christmas land surveying became more difficult because of the snow, but thankfully we were able to push on with measured building survey work, at least this can be carried out as long as you can get to site !

Land Surveying in Somerset Snow

January has seen us busy undertaking land and measured building surveys in Devon, Cornwall, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, the West Midlands, Oxfordshire and central London – all our usual patch.