How Much Does A Land Survey Cost?

How Much Does A Land Survey Cost?

Written By:

Tom Ayre – Company Director
THS Concepts LTD

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Land Survey Cost & Factors

Land survey (also known as topographical survey!) costs can vary from £100s of pounds for a simple site up to enormous figures depending on how big an area of land is. Typically land surveying companies charge between £300 and £1000 for a day’s work on site. With a day in the office to produce drawings this may reduce to something like £200 to £500. This is obviously all dependent on the size, location, experience and greediness of a company!

Typically a land survey company will price a topographical land survey based on a number of factors, the most important being:

1 – Size Of The Land To Be Surveyed

How big is the area of land that needs surveying? This obviously makes a difference where you may have a single house plot or a large farm. The latter would obviously take much longer to survey due to the size!

2 – What Is The Level Of Detail Required?

The level of detail required can have a massive impact on your land survey costs. Do you need additional drawings produced such as sections, elevations, etc?
If you do, it could increase costs.

When surveying the heights of the ground do you need a point every 20 m or every 2 m? The latter would take much more time and increase the land survey costs.

3 – How Complicated Is The Area Of Land To Survey?

The location and type of land that needs surveying can make a huge difference in your land survey costs. For instance, surveying a big open field in comparison to a remote forest with limited visibility. The forest would require more time to survey and travel to,  which would increase your survey costs!

Tips For Getting The Best Land Survey Price

Getting the best price combined with a great survey that is useful, accurate and produced by a reputable company is important! The worst case scenario is paying over the odds for a land survey and receiving poor quality drawings that are inaccurate, difficult to manipulate and turned around late. To avoid problems and get the best land survey price, consider the following when obtaining a quote:

1 – Give A Detailed Specification

When getting in contact with a land surveying company for a price it is crucial you give them all the information they need to accurately price the required works. Outlining your exact requirements will potentially save you money as the company will know exactly what you need and don’t need out of the survey. Find an example topographical land survey specification here.

In the specification, it is important you state elements such as the area of land that needs surveying, the drawings you need, which features are important, etc. Another great idea is to provide photographs of the site if you have them. Photos are really helpful as it gives the survey company a better idea of what the site is like at ground level.

2 – Check Their Credentials!

A land survey is an important part of any building project and serves as a key component when planning out your land development projects. If you want to save on future costs then ensure the land survey company you employ is:

  • Experienced Are they a new company that has just started out? This may be a sign of inexperience.
  • Suitably insured If things do go wrong then it’s comforting knowing that the company you are dealing with is insured.
  • See examples Have a look at examples of work they have produced, does it come across as professional?

3 – Check Their Quote

When you receive the quote back from the surveying company check that it contains all the relevant information you need for your survey. It is crucial your company has understood your specification – you don’t want them coming back and asking for more money because they either didn’t understand your specification or they misunderstood it.

It is also worth checking terms and conditions to check there are no additional fees for revisions to the drawing or returning to the site if they haven’t picked something up correctly.

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