When it comes to constructing a city, it is a lot like growing a garden. Somebody needs to decide what kinds of buildings to plant and which ones will go well together. And of course, the land on which the building will take place needs to be properly surveyed and mapped. Building surveyors are equally, if not more, important as architects.
With that in mind, we talked to our friends over at Woodward Surveyors Oxford about selecting the right people for the job in the Oxford area. How do you know who to go for? They shared some common things that their customers universally look for before they decide which surveyor to hire.
They want to know who they are dealing with
The fact is that most people actually have only a very vague idea of what surveyors do, aside from peering into their measurement instruments. The experts are well aware of this. So, never be shy with your questions. Feel free to inquire about who these folks are and what exactly comprises their job description.
It turns out there is quite a list of things under that umbrella. The typical scope of their job includes assessing the area for improvements to local infrastructure, analyzing potential new agricultural land, mapping out residential areas, commercial expansions, or industrial zones development. They might even be called up to help figure out an archeological site!For a more comprehensive overview of the entire job, check out this informational page.
Now, with such a one-catch-all career path, obviously everyone is a professional with their own unique set of skills. And when you have a bunch of pros to choose from, our friends say, it is the simple human things that win out.So, consider whether your potential contractor displays the following traits.
They maintain good communication
This is the first and most essential thing you want to ensure. Imagine already starting your excavation or development and then having some disregarded problem pop up at you. Nope. There can be no wiggle space for survey errors nor or any miscommunication between you.
Everything has to be done to highest standards possible, and that includes keeping you in the loop. The best pros will have this soft social skill mastered just like their other tools. They will be accurate, clear, and patient when talking to you, and will draft their findings meticulously and understandably.
How can you spot a building survey expert who is also an adept communicator? Pay attention to their vocabulary and how they respond to your questions (friendly reminder: it is perfectly acceptable to ask a whole ton of questions about everything; you are not wasting anybody’s air).
We cannot all be experts of the trade, so the worthy job candidate will take their time to explain everything to you in a way that you will understand. They will elucidate all the technical things and will avoid relying on jargon of the trade.
They have the properequipment for the job
Nothing says “unreliable” like noticing partway through a project that you are missing hardware for the occasion, and this is true even in such a diverse branch of industry as building surveying. In fact, in this case, it is almost painfully true. The nature of the needed equipment will vary for each job, as there will be different tasks to do and different conditions under which to do them.
Shoddy tools, shoddy workman. It really is as simple as that. If they are not maintaining all of their equipment in peak condition, then that is an outright detriment to your project. Work can be severely delayed, or grind to a complete halt, and these things are always an expensive and time-consuming hassle to repair or replace. You can find a comprehensive listing of all these tools at this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surveying_instruments
On a final note, the equipment used by your surveyor should always be calibrated and tested independently. Ask to be shown an assurance of this: a document (either digital or print) from either the manufacturer, or an independent expert who checked it. Legitimate pros will have no problem showing this documentation to you.