Lumsdale Quantity Surveyors, Matlock, Derbyshire

Builders style Managing Quantity Surveyor based in Matlock, Derbyshire.

I am an RICS Chartered Surveyor, a Quantity Surveyor, Estimator, Building Surveyor and a Construction Manager with considerable industry experience. Not only that, but I have worked with construction companies of all sizes. I also ran my own construction business, self estimating hundreds of construction estimates, managing domestic construction projects and subcontracts for home renovation and new build projects.

I offer my experience to local Builders, Homeowners, and Subcontractors  

Services include;

  • ROM Builders Costs and Estimates.
  • Property Development Appraisal 
  • Accurate Take-Offs and Bills of Quantities/ Schedules of Works
  • Pricing Bills of Quantities
  • Builders Job Estimates
  • Disputes and Resolution
  • Contract Agreements
  • Monthly Payment Valuation and Certifications
  • Final Account Predictions and Monitoring
  • Agreeing Cost Variations
  • Development Loan QS Monthly Certifications
  • Subcontractors account agreement with main contractors
Rates £50 to £80 per hour depending on task duration.

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Call 01629 828650 to discuss your requirements.

Quantity surveyor
Stephen Hodgson

Chartered surveyor and director of Lumsdale Quantity Surveyors.

Local expertise

I am based in Matlock, Derbyshire DE4, and working for locally based companies and homeowners in Wirksworth, Cromford, Matlock, Bakewell, Alfreton, Ripley, Belper, Ashbourne, Chesterfield and nearby within Derbyshire.

Taking-off, Bills of Quantities and Estimating for builders, subcontractors, and homeowners

I prepare Bills of Quantities in SMM or basic Builder’s style format as preferred.

This can be a blank Bill of Quantities left for pricing by yourself, or I can price it whichever you prefer. I also provide job estimates in a simpler format. I use digital on screen software for taking off from PDF plans, and also software to produce the Bill of Quantities in good quality. All the items can then be priced into labour, plant, materials and subcontractor, PC sum subdivisions for analysis. Prior produced Bills can be imported into the software, such as from your own spreadsheets.

Not all builders use formal Bills of Quantities, but they might do it in not so different forms. However, a builder’s BQ really is ultimately the most vital tool that a builder can have for the effective management of every aspect of the project. It can be used for programming, scheduling and creating a cost plan.  It can also be used for Valuations. In addition, a business relies on knowing how successful it’s pricing was, and a broken down project estimate is needed for that.

I have many homeowners call me because they have got into difficulties with builders, who have provided their quote via a “text message”. Having a Bill of Quantities is vital for client and builder.

Building Work Valuations & Final Accounts

  • Preparation of monthly submissions and agreements
  • Agreeing cost variations
  • Predicting final accounts
  • for Builders, Subcontractors, and Homeowners

Homeowner Contractor Vetting

Before employing a builder or other trade, have your written documents and some discreet and open checks made before employing them.  Make sure you have asked all the right questions and checked previous work carried out by satisfied customers. 

A wealth of experience

Starting out as a trainee Quantity Surveyor, I progressed to owning a Construction Business, which I ran for over 20 years.  My career included Quantity Surveying, Estimating, Contract & Site Management, Design & Build contracting, Building Surveying and more. Employers included George Wimpey Construction, Mowlem PLC, Edward Wood & Son Ltd, and Paul Knight Ltd. My businesses’ included an insurance home structural repair specialist and a home extension and new build company called Hodgson Build. Currently I spend a lot of time inspecting properties for home owners.

Dispute Assistance

  • Assistance with documents in preparation for adjudication
  • Preparing reports on defective workmanship and quality of work for homeowners
  • Calculating remedial costs of rectifying defective work
  • Valuing work part completed and work outstanding
  • Preparing current account balances owed
  • Writing letters in response to contractual disputes
  • Assisting builders and subcontractors with client financial disputes
  • Attending court and adjudication meetings.


When working with local builders, maintaining  privacy and confidentiality will be a priority, especially from your competitors. Lumsdale QS has its own confidentiality agreement, or equally could sign your own.  Rest assured, nothing provided will be shared with any other party without your consent. With all customers, there must also be checks to ensure there are no conflicts of interest.

Building Surveying services are also provided. For more information, please, click here.


  • Bills of Quantities
  • Construction Estimating
  • ROM costing
  • Resource Scheduling
  • Monthly Valuations and Final Accounts
  • Cost Value Reconciliation
  • Subcontractor Assistance
  • Dispute Assistance


  • 40 years with Builders and subcontractors 
  • Property development
  • Commercial development
  • New builds  & Extensions
  • Structural Repairs
  • Building Surveying
  •  SMM6 and 7, NRM2 standard Methods of Measurement


  • Bills of Quantity and Estimating Software
  • Digital Plan Take Off Software
  • Cloud based Estimating Software with Live Pricing
  • RICS data and libraries

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