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How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Land Surveyor?

Hire a Land Surveyor Costs
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One of the primary roles of the land surveyor is to find the boundaries of a property. That boundary is described in legal documents and the land surveyor follows that description and locates the boundary on the physical land and marks it, so the owner knows what land he owns. Having a land survey done can save a lot of hassle and cost in the future, but there are factors to consider when having one done including the up-front cost which is usually between $334 and $651.

Why do a land survey?

If you are a homeowner that is going to do some building like a fence, garage, patio, pool, etc., without a survey you have no recourse if at a later date it is found that your fences intrude on a neighbor's land or that there are rights to easement by one of the service companies (this means that an electric, sewerage or water company has access rights to your property to carry out maintenance and repair). Consider an example where a property owner has built a garage over part of the access rights and service companies have then been known to remove the garage to carry out maintenance.
Most problems arise when improvements done to the property such as patios, pools, driveways, garages and building extensions are either outside the building limits or eat into the neighboring property. A land survey would define the dimensions of the lot and outline any improvements (garage, pool, patios, house, drive, etc.) and show whether they encroach upon a neighbor's property.

Survey Fees

Fees can range anywhere from $200-$800, depending on the size of the lot, your geographical location as well as the age of the lot. Over time, land does shift slightly and monuments (items such as trees or rocks that were used in initial land survey) may no longer exist. The surveyor will need to take these things into consideration when working on the home and may even have to re-establish boundary lines.

When should you do a survey?

A boundary survey is not always required. Different states have different requirements, but, if you are the buyer, it is to your benefit to know exactly how much land you are paying for. Surveyors often find defects that could lead to renegotiating the price of the property you are buying. A fence that divides a property from a neighbor may not be built along the boundary line of the adjoining properties. The property's driveway may encroach on a neighbor's land. A neighbor may have built a deck that extends over the borderline. Issues like these should be addressed before you close a transaction.


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don poole More than 1 year ago
Please note that this is based on 2.324 "cost estimates.' As a Professional Land Surveyor I can tell you that this is a ridiculously low figure and that there really isn't any way to "average" a cost so you can budget without contacting a Land Surveyor. It's kind of like figuring a median cost to get a divorce, there are to many variables. The median fee for our services last year was closer to $2,000, but I did a lot of $1,000 projects and a few multi-thousand dollars, including 1 at $65K. How does that figure into a home owner wanting to know the cost of a survey? Have you considered the cost of NOT having a survey?
HASupport More than 1 year ago
Hi Don, We appreciate your feedback. The information listed above are the prices we've received from homeowners who hired a surveyor. -HASupport
don poole 5 months ago
The problem is that land surveying covers many facets. Single Family homeowners are a small part of the business. And, each state has developed different regulations governing land surveying. So an "average" nationwide is misleading.
Alexa H. 12 months ago
how much for a second time to do the final survey? I was charge 850 for the boundary how much for the elevation or topography it is the same or less?
don poole 5 months ago
it could be about the same depending on the level of detail necessary.
Carlos Pinzon 9 months ago
Hello Mr Poole, I am working on my AOLS license and I am looking for a job in this field.. Some days ago, I was working on a project collecting GPS data and someone asked me for a boundary survey.. I don't know what would be the price, but I would like to work on it.. I don't have a legal surveying license, so I was wondering whether you may have an opening in your company to do legal surveying and why not to carry out this small survey?
don poole 5 months ago
We do "legal" surveying, but only in Massachusetts. What is a AOLS license?
Cindi Anderson 7 months ago
Hi Don What determines what makes it more expensive? I can see how a large land parcel could take a lot of time, but would think that a house in a residential neighborhood would be fairly straightforward. I was just given a price of $1900 for a 12,000 sf lot in a neighborhood, which seems high to me. The house was built in 1968. I need the survey in order to do an addition.
don poole 5 months ago
Without even knowing what state you're in I really can't comment except to say that every state has different surveying requirements, and all of the states require a license to survey. Some states require that every survey get recorded with the county.
Don McDonald 5 months ago
Just noticed the other Surveyor is a Don as well. LOL That seems very high Cindi but it depends on what all is on the lot. Do you have an elaborate sidewalk and patio layout? Are there thick shrubs along the property lines? Those are taken into consideration along with local knowledge of a subdivision having problems with the property corners being off. We have a couple of subdivisions around my area that if we go, I tell them it's a $1000 Min because past surveyors have really messed it up and other property corners were moved my land owners
Tedd Crist 23 days ago
Difficulty that might come into play when a survey is being done along a lake water front such as state rights to land due to change in high water mark, ability to do surveys during storm seasons, recourse available when boundaries change because county agree with Fish and Wildlife who says the sate now owns that land because the high water mark has changed...........
Elle B 27 days ago
Hello. I'm having "issues" with soon-to-be new neighbors who seem to think their property line is much bigger than it actually is. I need to have a survey done in order to resolve this dispute before it gets any worse (water rights are involved). I live in Arizona. Can you please tell me if surveyors must be accredited and licensed through the state or any other agency? This would give me a start in picking a surveyor whose work will be spot on and more than likely introduced as Exhibit "A" in an upcoming lawsuit if this can't be resolved any other way. Please, help me out here. Thanks much and wish me luck with the people that think they "own" the river.
HASupport 25 days ago
We've asked a representative to follow-up with your request. -HASupport
Don McDonald 5 months ago
I'm a Professional surveyor in Mississippi and The average lot survey will cost you from 400-600. That's for a subdivision lot and what we call a closing survey. When you buy a house and they require a survey it shows the lot with dimensions, the house and any other improvement. If you have say 2-3 acres, expect to pay around $1500 if it's cut and dry. Meaning, we go out and find all the property corners.
Dan Robison 5 months ago
I suggest we listen to Mr. Poole. On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Donald T. Poole, PLS was named Surveyor of the Year by the Mass. Assoc. of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers during the 2014 Convention!
linda rodriguez KRC MANAGEMENT 7 months ago
did my side gate but had problem and i would like to see if i went to the other owners side he called code code compliance so they said i need to take it down
Dorine Stevens 9 months ago
Great info
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