Why You Need a Measured Survey to Plan Your Project

Measured surveys are often crucial parts of property development planning. Here we explain exactly why you need a measured survey.

Article By: Tom Ayre
Last Update: November 2018

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Construction Project Costs Always Go Up, Never Down: Keep Them Under Control

When undertaking building works it’s important to control costs wherever possible! Inevitably, throughout a construction project, costs increase and issues arise. (If you want five minutes of incredulity and entertainment, read about ten construction projects that broke the bank on a spectacular scale…)

When pricing up construction works, contractors typically ask for your architect’s proposed drawings. This is to check the specifications of the design. If your architect’s drawings are based on an inaccurate plan, your contractor may find a problem onsite and temporarily halt construction.

The issue will most probably be that the contractor underestimated the required work, so you will inevitably pay more for extra labour hours. Alternatively, your contractor may have overestimated the time or materials required, so you may have wasted money on non-returnable materials such as concrete or you may pay for workers you no longer need.

A measured building survey ensures that your architect’s plans are accurate, which in turns means floor areas, room widths, heights of rooms, etc., are precisely drawn. Trust us, a good set of measurements will reduce headaches during the building process.

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Design Issues Can Be An Eyesore, A Little Embarrassing and Costs £££ To Fix

When designing your project your architect will need to collect information regarding the existing layout of the property. This is so they can create a quality design and produce correct drawings for planning permission and building regulation approval.

Poor forms of existing information about a property can include:

  • Drawings produced based on photos alone
  • Poor quality survey information
  • Old, inaccurate plans that haven’t been poorly scanned in

Inadequate information can cause a whole range of problems. As the project develops, drawing errors cause more and more problems that increase costs and delays. Poor quality survey drawings can also cause major disappointment to people working on their dream project.

Incorrect measurements of room sizes can lead to problems such as furniture not fitting, windows in the wrong place, floor levels not aligning etc. Think we’re exaggerating? We’re not. BuzzFeed has collected proof!

A measured building survey can alleviate these problems, as your architect will be working from a highly accurate set of plans, elevations and sections. Their designs will be accurate and a true reflection of existing property features, which will assist the building contractor in their work.

Poor Building Design Of Steps

Hopefully this explains some of the most important reasons as to why you need a measured survey. 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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