Would you buy an Aston Martin and then put in the cheapest motor oil you could buy ? So why would you spend a vast quantity of money on a property / piece of land or on proposed works and then in an effort to save a few pounds pay good money for a poor land or measured building survey ?
The land or measured building survey will form the foundation for getting planning permission approval, for the architect and engineers to undertake their designs and often for the contractors for their site work. If the land survey or measured building survey is inaccurate or in complete at best it will cause delays (which add to your costs) and worse case scenario it may cost you tens of thousands of pounds in re-design / abortive works.
Let the buyer beware
The growth in technology has made it easier for everyone to get several prices for land surveys – but should price alone make your decision ? Bear in mind that anyone can call themselves a land surveyor, as in the UK there are no professional registration regulations.
'The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the
sweetness of low price has faded from memory.'
Questions to ask a Land or Measured Building Surveyor
- Do you have Professional Indemnity Insurance ?
- How long have you been a Land Surveyor for ?
- Do you have experience of this type of project ?
- Will you provide me with a written specification as well as price so I know what I will be getting for my money ? (A D Horner Limited provide a written detailed specification which is typically 5 pages long)
- Can you provide me with a reference / send me an example of something similar ?
Questions to ask yourself
- Will this Land Surveyor still be around in several months / years time if I need more work doing or another copy of the drawing ?
- If there is a significant price difference – why ?
- Price is largely a factor of time spent on the survey, so a low prices infers a not a lot of time spent on the survey which in turn will mean poor accuracy and content to the survey drawings.
- How can they do this so much cheaper ?
- Are they then trying to do the absolute minimum just to get the work knowing that this really will not be sufficient but they will then charge a premium for extra work?
- If they can start really quickly does this infer anything about their quality ? (Would you choose the fish and chip shop with the queue or the one next door that is empty ?)
- Does the fast lead-in time mean that they will start the work but then take forever to finish ? In other words they start every job straight away but they then take a long time to actually complete the survey whilst they juggle all of their other surveys.
- Has the organisation tried to discover what I need, have they asked me lots of questions, or will they charge me a premium for a return visit ?
About AD Horner
We win more than 60% of land and measured surveys based purely on price, which demonstrates our competitiveness, but we also have many public and private sector clients who only use us because we offer a great service and excellent value for money.