Our fees

Our fees are very competitive. We provide quotations before accepting instructions. Our quotations are based on hourly rates of £102 (£85 + VAT) an hour for engineers and £60 (£50 + VAT) an hour for technicians. We do not generally charge for mileage. Clients are issued with progress reports and in particular the ongoing costs if the fee is time based. We do not charge for printing drawings or calculations.

24 hour turnaround service

In emergencies we will guarantee to do small design jobs within 24 hours (usually excluding weekends) and we usually charge an additional £120 (£100 + VAT). This is to cover us for having to work outside normal office hours.

Minimum charge

We have a minimum charge of £360 (£300 + VAT). This is usually enough to complete simple beam designs etc. An element of this charge is for setting up of the job and other associated administration, accordingly if further calculations are required for the same job they are based on our hourly rate and not subject to this minimum charge. Our minimum charge if we go to site is £480 (£400 + VAT).

Surveys

For most domestic surveys within about 30 minutes drive we charge a fixed fee of £600 (£500 + VAT). We will charge a bit more if we have to travel significantly further. This is usually enough for us to identify the problem and provide a report telling you what needs to be done to put it right. It doesn't include for any design work involved in the repair, for example if you need to underpin and need a scheme designing that would be an extra cost.

In some cases (maybe 10%) we wouldn't be able to identify the problem without further investigation such as digging holes or removing plaster and in these cases we would want a builder who could make good any damage and this would be an additional cost (if you know a friendly builder we would be happy to use them). Usually we can identify these cases in advance (you can email pictures to us which can be very helpful in this) but occasionally not until we've been to site. In these cases there would be an additional charge for extra visits from ourselves. However, in all case we'd discuss the job with you beforehand.


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