Save Money & Get The Best Value Topographical Survey With These 7 Simple Tips
Controlling your project costs and discover simple but easy to implement tips to get the best value topographical quotes.
Article By: Tom Ayre
Last Update: July 2018
In this guide we will explain 7 simple, easy and effective ways you can get the best value for money topographical survey quotes.
The tips provided will not only help keep your budget under control but reduce the risks of delays and potential embarrassment with poor quality drawings to design from.
1 – Reduce the area of the survey.
2 – Can you reduce the survey detail?
3 – Are there any simple ways to make the surveyors job easier?
4 – Specify exactly what you need from the survey.
5 – Get a qualified, professional survey company.
6 – Spend time to analyse the quotes received.
7 – Check example drawings of previous work.
Let’s get started.
Getting Your Project Costs Under Control Are Important To Ensure Budgets Are Kept & Money Is Made
A land survey (also known as topographical survey) costs can vary from £100s 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:
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Quick Tips On How To Easily Get 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!
2- Do You Need All That Detail Everywhere?
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 the Surveyors time and ultimately costs for you.
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 as it will make their lifes easier and your costs less than if it were a wild jungle!
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. 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.
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?
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 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.
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 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!