A Day in the Life of a Rural Surveyor

Published: 10/03/2023 By Lucy Carnell

No two days are ever the same in the life of a Rural Surveyor, Lucy Carnell of our Agricultural and Professional Department in Yeovil shares a fascinating insight into a working day.

My first appointment of the day is to carry out a Red Book valuation at a farm near Yeovil. The client needs a valuation for Inheritance Tax purposes. The client explains the background to the valuation, and we review the necessary paperwork before heading out to inspect and measure the farmhouse, and buildings and walk the land. Returning to the office, I work on boundary mapping, carry out research on a number of factors such as flood risk and planning potential, reference comparables and draft the valuation report.

I do a significant amount of work relating to Rural Grants, and doing my research to ensure that I am au fait with the dates and details of funding available under the Countryside Stewardship and Sustainable Farming Incentive grant schemes. Following a recent meeting with a client to familiarise myself with their farming system and to identify their eligibility for CSS funding, I complete the maps and final application before submitting it to the Rural Payments Agency.  

A ‘working lunch’ in the boardroom is a great opportunity to catch up on what colleagues are up to, our Agricultural Auctions team have booked two more dispersal sales in this Spring – they are set for a very busy time!

My first appointment in the afternoon is to carry out a market appraisal of 20 acres of arable land to the south of Yeovil. Walking the land affords an opportunity to learn about the history of the land, why they are considering selling, and how best to meet their objectives. I head back to the office to compose a report outlining my marketing recommendations. I suggest that Public Auction would be the best method of sale for this parcel of land, we hold these regularly throughout the year and land generally sells extremely well.

I was contacted recently by a client who had a main water pipe burst on his land. I’ve already visited the site to assess the damage, so can now prepare a compensation claim to submit to the water company. My fees for carrying out such work are covered by the water company (as are all claims to statutory undertakers) which fortunately means that the land will be reinstated to the condition it was in before the incident, at no cost to him.

A final catch-up on emails, calls and diary planning wraps up the day, before I head home to my partner and Pongo, knowing that tomorrow will bring a different set of challenges.

Lucy is a Rural Surveyor based in our Yeovil office 01935 423526. Contact her or click here for details of the extensive range of Professional Services we can offer.
Photo - Lucy with faithful companion Pongo