A recent case brought before the Property Ombudsman highlights the necessity – and relative cost effectiveness – of obtaining a professional topographic survey on any land you might be thinking of buying.

Mr Watson, a farmer in Cumberworth, Yorkshire, already owned 5.5 acres of land. He was hoping to take advantage of a Government ‘Rural Payments Scheme’ which allowed for subsidies to be paid to landowners with over 12 acres of land. So, a plot that was on sale quoted as ‘set in approximately 8 acres of land’ seemed like a sound investment.

It was not until after his purchase that Mr Watson used an online calculation tool to discover that the land he had bought covered just under 6 acres. Painfully close, but below the qualifying 12 acres, his new land, costing £850,000, saw Mr Watson short of land as well as out of pocket.

When buying any property – be that a garage, a city pad, a country pile or simply farming acreage – it makes sense to satisfy yourself that what you’re buying measures up. A professional survey by a reputable surveyor could be the one investment that makes the difference. Callidus Surveys is one company that can help provide the peace-of-mind that what you’re buying is actually what you need.

Callidus Building Surveys Ltd are the professional experts in measured building surveys, topographic surveys, laser scanning and movement monitoring. Measured surveys for London, the home counties and beyond.

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