land surveyor is an integral part of a professional
team composed of attorneys, engineers, architects, planners,
and landscape architects. Some land surveying companies
offer comprehensive services including some, or all,
of the above.
a land surveyor in whose skill and judgment you can
put your trust. A land surveyor should not be selected
by price alone. Competency is of first importance. Your
selection should be made when you are sure that the
professional you have chosen has all of the facts, and
is completely aware of your requirements and/or the
requirements of the governmental agency having jurisdiction
over the property.
surveyors, like other professionals, vary in knowledge
and ability. The experiences expressed by clients has
shown the majority of land surveyors provide competent
work for a fair fee.
much will a survey cost?
cost of most land surveying work is determined based
on the following variables:
of survey: Costs may increase as the required precision
and scope of the survey increases.
search: This varies by (a) the number of parcels involved;
and (b) the number of past transactions. (This necessary
step is complicated by the casual manner in which
land transactions have been handled in the past, resulting
in many vague, incomplete and often contradictory
legal descriptions and land records.)
and scope of property: An irregularly shaped parcel
has more corners to monument than a rectangular parcel
containing the same area.
survey work: This could require the survey of the
entire section (640 acres plus or minus) in which
the land being surveyed lies, regardless of the area
of the parcel. In some cases, a survey of more than
one section is required, depending on the location
of the parcel in question in relation to the sections
when on the government plat.
A level parcel of land is easier to survey than a
Branches, brush and small trees must frequently be
cleared to afford a line of sight for the surveyor.
Shrubs, flowers, and trees on home sites are normally
not disturbed, but may require additional field time
to perform work around them.
The time to perform the surveying work varies with
the distance to, and the difficulty in reaching, the
corners of the site.
of existing evidence on the property: Existing evidence
such as iron, wood or stone monuments, old fences
and occupational lines, witness trees, etc., aid the
surveyor. Their absence may compound difficulties
involved in retracing the original survey.
knowledge of the property: Someone pointing out accepted
occupational lines and monumentation is a considerable
aid to a surveyor.
with neighbor: When neighbors are cooperative, an
otherwise difficult or impossible boundary line location
may be established by boundary line agreement.
of year: In summer, foliage may present problems making
traversing difficult. In winter, weather may slow
travel to and on site, and sometimes conceal field
company requirements: Title companies may require
considerably more documentation than is normally required
by the average land owner.
of survey or other maps: A record of survey map is
generally required to be prepared and recorded to
memorialize the field work and document the nature
of property corners found or set. If your land is
being subdivided, a parcel map or subdivision plat
will be required.