Archive for January, 2011

This is an area, where surveyors need to be actively vigilant, get it wrong and the associated costs to rectify could be astronomical, not only at point of build, but years later if the conservatory moves or subsides and is covered by your warrantee.

Your company may have clauses in the contract to cover unforeseen works. In other words during the build if you come up against bad ground conditions, and you need to carry out more costly foundation works, you can go back to the customer and ask them for more money to cover the costs of any additional unforeseen works.

The problem is depending on the costs of the additional works your customer could refuse to agree the additional payment, leaving you with the choice of carrying out the extra work at your own expense, or cancelling the contract and returning the site back to its original status again at your own expense.

What choice do you make, especially if you have the frames and roof in stock?

Both the options above will massively reduce your profits and in some cases you will make a total loss.

There is no science behind ground conditions, and you don’t really know what’s in the ground until you dig the hole, it can be a calculated guess unless you go through the expense of employing a professional company to carry out tests and a ground survey.

The choice of foundation design is ultimately your call. It must be of correct design and bear on suitable strata

I have highlighted some precautions you can take during the survey process to minimise the chances of getting it wrong, and increase your chances of getting it right (more…)


This article may appear long winded, but do surveyors really understand all the consents which could be required for a conservatory installation, it’s not only planning consents that are required. The laws are there to protect us all! Would you like to be prosecuted and on top of it all loose a fortune. Would you like to live next to an eyesore!

The majority of the general public are under the impression that you don’t need planning for a conservatory, but it is not only the planning consents you need to look at.

You need to remember that these consents are law and if ignored can mean,  at best the headache of applying for retrospective consents  to be granted after completion, with no guarantee of success, or at worst prosecution incurring fines, court costs, compensation and the conservatory being totally removed. Remember that the cost to put back as original, could be astronomical, that’s without the cost already incurred on product, materials and installation.

We have all read about prosecutions and conservatories being removed, don’t let it be you we read about next  !!

I have tried to break this down as a simple outline guide covering most of the permissions that could be required.