This must be one of the most popular questions about land surveying. A lot of people need their property surveyed for one reason or another, but not a lot of us really believe that it’s worth spending a lot of money on.
First, I’d like to point out that a land survey is actually an investment. And when I say “investment”, I mean it’s one of those things that you need to spend good money on so that you don’t spend even more money in the future.
What do I mean?
Let’s say you’re about to buy a house and lot. A friend told you that you better have it surveyed, but you didn’t because 1.) You want to save money 2.) You thought it’s a waste of money and it’s not necessary 3.) You could get by without it. Fast forward a couple of years later, heavy rain comes and your property is flooded. You have to move out, find a temporary place to stay and replace all your things because they got ruined by the water.
If only you had it surveyed before buying, you would have known that it was prone to flooding and would have bought someplace else.
The best thing that you can do when buying a house or property is hire a licensed and credible land surveyor. Why? Because a licensed professional land surveyor is the only one who can do a land survey by law. You don’t want an unlicensed individual doing a survey for you. They don’t stand behind their work. They aren’t recognized by the state or the legal profession.
Another tip is to let the surveyor know what you want ahead of time. This will let them give you a more precise quote so you know what to expect. Through this, you can budget your money or find the funds needed to have the survey done.
It’s also important that you sign a contract before the survey starts. This is to protect you from unexpected payments or hidden charges.
Finally, you should be comfortable with talking to your land surveyor and they should be comfortable talking to you.
You will more than likely have questions along the way, so, if they don’t have time for you after the survey is done, you will be on your own.
Never choose your surveyor based on the cheapest price. You wouldn’t consider choosing your doctor this way would you? Well your surveyor is helping you with your single biggest investment you will probably ever have, your home and land.
So, in summary, you can get a cheap survey, but, more than likely, you will get cheap results. Choose a land surveyor wisely.