Our fees

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 except for surveys over about 45 minutes away. On larger jobs 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 can often to do small design jobs within 24 hours (usually excluding weekends) and we may charge an additional £120 (£100 + VAT). This is to cover us for having to work outside normal office hours.

Minimum charges

We have minimum charges for straightforward jobs depending on whether we have to visit the property, the time taken for the engineering design work and the extent of layout or engineering drawings needed.

Beam* calculation only

   

£360 (£300 + Vat)

Beam* calculation with site visit and layout drawing

£600 (£500 + Vat)

Beam* calculation with site visit and full engineering drawing

£720 (£600 + Vat)

Beam* and frame† calculation with site visit and full engineering drawing

£840 (£700 + Vat)

*This may be up to three beams depending on complexity.

†This is where a large proportion of an external wall is being removed and we need to replace the lost stiffness.

An element of these charges is for setting up 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 these minimum charges.

Surveys

For most domestic surveys we operate on fixed pricing. This covers the initial investigation and any subsequent work that may be required to complete the survey. For properties within about 45 minutes travelling time (such as Colwyn Bay, Oswestry, Crewe and Liverpool) we charge £600 (£500 + VAT) for a visual inspection (with additional travel time charged at about £100 per hour. In the majority of cases, this is adequate to establish what the problem is and to give advice on what to do to put it right. However, it will sometimes be necessary to dig trial holes to inspect the design of the foundations and the quality of the ground. In these cases, we usually suggest engaging a builder to this. This may require two visits from us and our charge would be agreed with you beforehand depending on exactly where you are, and how much time it would take us but would usually be £840 (£700 + VAT). While it can be difficult to know in advance if trial holes are necessary we can usually establish this by talking to you about the problem, reading the surveyor's reports and looking at photos. Extra costs, where they are needed, such as boreholes, materials testing or arboricultural advice are passed on at cost or paid directly by yourselves.


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