Reduce Your Topographical Land Survey Cost: Tips for the Best Value Quotes

Get the best value quotes for your topographical survey with our 7 simple tips.

Article By: Tom Ayre
Last Update: August 2019

In this guide we explain seven simple, easy and effective ways you can get the best value for money topographical survey quotes.

Our tips will help keep your budget under control while reducing the risks of delays and potential embarrassment with poor quality drawings to design from.

Let’s get started.

How Much Does a Topographical Survey Cost?

A land survey (also known as topographical survey) price varies from hundreds of pounds for a simple site up to enormous figures depending on the size of an area of land.

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 go down to something like £200 to £500. This is obviously all dependent on the size and location of the site, the surveyors’ experience and greediness of the surveying company!

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:

Topographical Survey at Porsche

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Quick Tips for Getting the Best Value Quotes

1 – Reduce The Size of the Land To Be Surveyed

How big is the area of land that needs surveying? Sometimes it might not actually be necessary to survey the whole of the property. If you are building an extension, for instance, it may be that you can reduce your survey area to within 10 metres of the existing structure!

Aerial image of a survey extent for a topographical survey
Aerial image of a survey extent for a topographical survey

2 – Do You Need All That Detail?

The level of detail required can have a massive impact on your topographical land survey costs. If you need a large area of land surveyed then a good tip is to specify the areas where you need more detail and where you need less.

There is sometimes no need to survey all areas in high detail. This will save your surveyors’ time and ultimately lower your costs.

Practical Tip: When specifying the area of land to be surveyed, consider marking up a google maps overhead image. Using a program like MS Paint to simply mark up the boundaries of what you need surveying as well as areas where you need less / more detail will help reduce costs.

3 – Can You Make the Survey Process More Efficient?

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.

If you have an area of dense overgrowth that needs surveying a good idea may be to reduce overgrowth making the site more open. Your surveyor will thank you and your bank balance will too!

Practical Tip: If it is cost effective, reduce the foliage where possible and make the site more open where you can. Take photos of the site before and send these with your quote request to show the survey company the lay of the land at ground level.

dense green forest and stone path

4 – Give a Detailed Specification to Avoid Doubt

When getting in contact with a land surveying company for a land survey cost 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.

In the specification, it’s 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.

Practical Tip: Use our example topographical land survey specification here to get a quote that matches your intentions.

5 – Check the Surveyor’s Credentials & Don’t Get Ripped Off!

A topographical 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?

Practical Tip: A legitimate survey company should be able to demonstrate their level of customer service through positive reviews from clients, good quality drawings and they should be able to provide insurance certificates.

6 – Thoroughly Check Your Quote to Avoid Costs That Aren’t Required

When you receive a quote from the surveying company, check that it contains all the relevant information you need for your survey. It’s 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.

7 – Request Example Drawings in PDF & CAD Format to See What You Will Receive

When getting quotes for your topographical land survey ask for example drawings in both PDF and CAD format. You can then have a little look at the drawing to see how organised they are, level of detail they typically pick up etc.

Having a poor quality survey drawing will cost you time and money as you may need to send the surveyor back to site to pick up more detail, thus causing delays!

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Hopefully this explains some simple but effective tips for when you are obtaining topographical survey quotes. If you have any questions or queries I can help with then please let me know in the comments section. Happy to assist!


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