A land purchase is a significant investment. Before buying, you should make sure that you use your money wisely by hiring a land surveyor. A land surveyor can conduct a survey of a property to gather as much information about the land as possible. You can use this information to determine whether or not the property is suitable for your plans.
Getting a comprehensive and accurate land survey is essential. You need to make sure that you hire a land surveyor you can trust. When you meet with a land surveyor, there are questions you can ask to find out if you are a good match.
Are You Licensed in My State?
It is critical that your land surveyor is licensed to perform land surveying services in the state where your property is located. Therefore, you should always request to see evidence of this certification so that you can be sure you are hiring a legitimate surveyor.
Every state has different regulations for land surveys. Even if you hire an experienced professional land surveyor, if they are unfamiliar with your state’s requirements, they can easily make a mistake that could cost you considerably.
Hiring a land surveyor licensed in your state is critical for making sure your survey is conducted correctly. Additionally, suppose there are questions about your land survey down the line, such as a neighbor disputing the boundaries of your property. In that case, you will not be able to use your surveyor as an expert witness if they are not licensed in your state.
How Much Experience Do You Have?
Finding a land surveyor with plenty of experience can make all the difference. An experienced land surveyor with a history of high customer satisfaction should be able to provide you with a quality product that satisfies your needs.
An inexperienced surveyor is more likely to be unfamiliar with specific regulations and make mistakes on your land survey.
What Information Will My Survey Contain?
There are many different types of land surveys. What survey is right for you will depend on your needs. It is important to discuss your survey needs with a land surveyor before they begin. A lack of clarity in this area could result in having to pay double, once for a survey you don’t need and again for one containing the relevant information.
How Long Will It Take to Complete My Land Survey?
Knowing how long your survey is going to take can be very important if you are in a hurry to get underway. Unfortunately, some surveyors may sense this urgency to get your survey completed and tell you a length of time that is quite unrealistic.
There is a lot of work involved in a land survey. An average survey can easily take two weeks or more to complete. Therefore, if a land surveyor tells you that they will complete your survey in a day or two, it is likely that they either will fail to meet that deadline or that the survey they supply you with will be incomplete and lack thorough research.
Alternatively, if they tell you that your survey will not be ready for over a month, you might want to keep searching. It is likely that the company is backed up. Another land survey company may be able to provide you with a survey much sooner.
How Much Will a Land Survey Cost Me?
Attempting to find a price for a land survey on the internet will likely result in finding vague estimates for survey costs or misleading information. The only way to get an accurate estimate for a land survey is to talk to a surveyor directly. The cost of a land survey depends on many factors, including:
- The size of the property
- The terrain
- Where the land is located
- The type of survey you require
Once a land surveyor has accumulated the relevant information, they can provide you with an accurate quote for your land survey.
Finding an Experienced Land Surveyor in Your Area
Don’t think you have to settle on the first land surveyor you find. There are likely several land surveying companies that service your area. You can feel free to shop around and make sure that you find a land surveyor with whom you feel comfortable.
At Scalice Land Surveying, we have been providing our clients with detailed and accurate land surveys for years. If you would like to meet with us, please give us a call or fill out our online contact form. We will be happy to discuss your land project and give you a free quote.