Chartered MRICS Quantity Surveyor & Estimator
    based in Matlock, Derbyshire

‘When you buy on price, you can never be sure. It is unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little.

When you pay too much you lose a little money — that’s all. But when you pay too little you sometimes will lose everything, because the thing you bought is incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.

The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. It can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is as well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do this, you will have enough to buy quality.’

Ruskin. Circa: 1895

Dear Contractor, Subcontractor and Property Owner,

Are you looking for someone to manage your construction finances? Having owned a construction and subcontracting business for 25 years and prior to that working in commercial and contracts management positions with contractors and subcontractors of many sizes, for a long time, instils a commercial discipline and experience in a person that is difficult to gain elsewhere. I can help you improve your profits and gain financial control of your construction project. 

Let me know what you are looking for. Quality and dedication guaranteed.  

Many thanks for spending time here and I hope I can be of help. 

Example Fees £ reviews

Have a good day.        

Stephen Hodgson BSc MRICS

Detailed Extension Estimates

cow shed conversion in Nottinghamshire

Start off with me providing you with a build budget or a detailed estimate. I have access to many software and resource databases. The detail provided by yourself should be as high as possible. It will determine how detailed the estimates are. Many problems with clients going over budget are due to the lack of initial detail and as a result many many variations or unforeseen costs are experienced on the contracts.

Estimating Prices £  | Example Bill Rate Breakdown  | Example Resource List

Home Extension Budget Estimate

For a home extension budget get an opinion of how much it will cost. Armed with this you can approach builders with more confidence when appointing them. I will make sure its something you can rely on for a small fee. Please send me your drawings or email to   

Prices shown in the table below are for the construction of a basic brick and tile extension in the East Midlands, before VAT. They include structure, alterations and include  paint finishes. They Exclude fixtures and fittings, kitchen and bathrooms, external works and drainage, correct at circa Dec 2020.

Extension Type


Standard Quality

High Quality

Single story pitched roof

4m x 9m



Two storey pitched roof

4m x 9m



 Subcontractors Quantity Surveyor & Estimator

If you are a subcontractor, I can help get your money in. create your estimates, settle disputes and make sure you’re in control of your applications for payment and know exactly what you are due in. I’ve worked with Groundworkers, Steel Fabricators, Concrete & Structural Repair, Plasterers and Painters. I had my own subcontracting business for over 25 years. I will ring fence your data and not share confidential information with anyone.

Ten Useful things a Subcontractor should do to avoid a Construction Dispute. 

  • Know your Contract with your client
  • Issue notices of delay, disruption, commencement, variations, completion and potential costs at the time, and never wait until the end of the contract
  • Obtain written instructions for variations prior to commencing them if you want to get paid
  • Obtain agreement to costs prior to commencing
  • Build up a final account from day one and keep the client updated with a projected final account
  • Keep a daily updated programme with delay comments and regularly resubmit to the client
  • Formally give notice of delays if you want to be paid for them
  • Keep loads of records such as detailed timesheets, dated progress photographs, photographs of covered work, numbered events , variations in a methodical and sequential order
  • Never allow an unpaid account to go unresolved
  • Speak  to a senior manager of the main contractor if you are getting nowhere with the site staff

If the above all fails do not be afraid to refer the matter to Adjudication.

Builders Quantity Surveyor & Estimator
ariel view of new houses being built.

I had my own small building company managing everything from estimating, to construction through to agreeing final accounts. Not forgetting running the business.

From design costs to final figures, a quantity surveyor seeks to minimise the costs of the project and enhance value for money whilst ensuring that the project meets all legal and quality assurance requirements and regulations. I can do this and more.

I will programme the works and ensure everything arrives ontime, liaise with the contractors sorting out the detailing onsite.
Typically, a contractors quantity surveyors duties would include the following duties: 
  • discussing with the architect or civil engineer and client whether it is likely that the project can be completed within the available budget
  • carrying out feasibility studies to determine quantities of materials required, timescales and labour
  • listing estimated costs of material, labour and equipment needed for the project, from initial site preparation right through to future maintenance
  • going through tenders received from contractors and advising on which to accept
  • drawing up the contract; preparing work schedules; arranging the stages for payment and the final payment
  • during construction, visiting sites regularly to check work is being completed to the agreed schedule
  • agreeing and estimating variations to the contract
  • checking invoices from contractors and suppliers, and that they are providing the agreed product or service
  • providing financial forecasts such as cost and value reconciliations
  • issuing contract notices, managing programme changes and handling claims and disputes
  • acting as overall project manager during the construction

Project & Commercial Management

I have experienced creating a finished job from a client brief from scratch. Creating a finished product to time constraints using own labour or subcontractors. I can help you with your contracts or project management & project coordination.

If your business is struggling to keep on top of its finances, then let me get involved and I will act as your commercial/financial manager ensuring you know the exact financial position you are in and practically reigning in and tightening where needed.

Collecting in money from main contractors/ customers is something I have had to do all my working life. It’s about prevention rather than damage limitations. Get your project on the right foot, not on the back foot. Extreme control is needed when dealing with main contractors if you want to win. Detailed financially secure estimates, absolute project control, control of variations and assessing impact, issuing notices at the correct time, keeping your client abreast of the whole situation from costs to detailing through to budget. No surprises for the client and your somewhere near to where you want to be.  

If you have unfortunately experienced a dispute, let’s get it into perspective, you can get emotionally attached to the disagreement and lose sight of where this is all heading. Constructive detachment from the problem sometimes frees the way for a solution. I will set out your position and hopefully get what you want.

Example Report1   Example Report2   Example Fees £ 

Homeowners Quantity Surveyor & Estimator

Building work

A Quantity Surveyor can help a Homeowner in many ways that many home owners don’t realise. Many homeowners have not even heard of Quantity Surveying.  They will pay an Accountant to sort out their tax affairs and paying for a Quantity Surveyor is really no different. Spending up to a £million on building work with no financial control is hard to understand. 

A Quantity Surveyor firstly will work out a cost for the work based on your plans, then create for you a professional schedule of work that a builder can quote from. This saves the builder time interpreting your drawings and enables you to obtain quotes that are like for like. You also can have this priced in detail and then ensure you only take on prices you can trust. Having a priced detailed schedule of works prevents arguments over what is and isn’t included at a later date. It also allows you to assess if prices for additional work are fair. Employing a Quantity Surveyor is pretty much self-financing, the cost is more than outweighed by the financial benefit. Fees can be as low as 1% of the project cost, you cannot lose. 

Subsidence Surveying

Subsidence is a common problem in some areas of the UK. However, knowing what subsidence is and what is not scares off many homebuyers and that’s even when they obtain a professional report saying that it isn’t. If you discover cracks or settlement in your property your insurance company may be needed to sort out the problem. Then you have to declare the incident in the future which can have all sorts of consequences including having diffuculty selling your home or having to reduce the price, and that even if it’s been repaired properly. Therefore, obtaining an independent opinion can be worth doing prior to notifying the insurers, alternatively, you just simply do not want to go through the insurers. If this is the case, then a surveyor can provide a report on the visible evidence in front of them, looking for signs of recent settlement and recommending a course of action from investigation, to repair methods or reverting to using your insurers. Usually, a half day visit should result in a way of moving forward and provide some peace of mind.

Building Surveying

I can come to your property and list and detail all the defects I can find, create a schedule of delapidations, working from the roof down to the foundations. This can be converted into a schedule of defects for presenting to contractors to quote from.  I can estimate the cost of remedial work and you can ensure you can afford the repairs  prior to a property purchase or you can use them as a precursor to selling the property strengthening your negotiating position. The schedule of defects can be complete with recommended specifications within it. The price for a small property would be £400. Please call for a quote.  

Terms and Confidentiality

My terms and conditions are designed to protect yourself as well as me. No information you provide me will ever be shared with anyone else. I will never use your suppliers with another contractor and I will never let another company benefit from your business information either during or after I have ceased working for you. All information you share will be yours to have passed back to you at any point I am working for you. Your business is safe with me.

LQS office


  • Bills of Quantities
  • Freelance Estimating 
  • Valuations
  • Variations cost analysis
  • Interim and Final Accounts
  • Project Management
  • Tendering & Procurement
  • Negotiation
  • Subcontract Orders
  • Subcontracts Management
  • Resourcing & Planning
  • Benchmarking & analysis of build costs
  • Cost Engineering
  • Financial Control
  • Cash Flow 
  • Cost Control & Budgeting
  • Cost Value Reconciliation
  • Dispute Reporting and Adjudication
  • Claims Calculations


  • over 25 years with Builders and Contractors 
  • over 25 years with Subcontractors
  • Property developments
  • New builds and homes
  • Barn conversions
  • Extensions
  • Alterations 
  • Refurbishment
  • Renovations
  • Structural & Concrete Repair
  • Groundworks 
  • Steel Fabrication
  • Painting
  • Plastering
  • Brickwork
  • Building Surveying
  • Subsidence Surveying
  • Planning applications
  • Design


  • Access Conquest
  • Sage Evaluate
  • Excel
  • MS Project
  • Secret estimate softwares
  • Various bespoke trade software 
  • Up to date materials libraries
  • Painting Estimator
  • Home Extension Estimator
  • Building Cost Information Service
  • Laxtons
  • SMM7
  • NRM2
  • ROCK
  • CSM3
  • RDBR
  • Digital take off 

Customer Reviews


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