Depends on if its a new survey or just finding the metal rods from the
I had a survey guy come out and locate all my boundary posts. Didn't
charge much more than a hundred bucks to do it.
Where do you live?
What is the approximate size of your lot in feet?
Is it square, rectangular, or odd shaped?
That's pretty expensive from my experience. It cost me $384 in Chicago
a lot of years ago, standard 45' wide lot, and around $400 here about
ten years ago. "here" is upstate NY, rural area.
If you have multiple quotes in that area though, I'd say it appears to
be the going rate. What the rest of these fools are on about is
anyone's guess. Boy, they really come creeping out of the woodwork on
this group, don't they? Almost every one of them is an ignoramus too.
That, and the unseen effort. A good survey includes research of
adjoining parcels and their legal descriptions, compared to what's
actually measured on the ground. A competent surveyor will measure more
or less a city block in each direction, perhaps more depending on the
Inevitably, there will be some discrepancy. A land surveyor experienced
with work in your area will know how to handle this, because he or she
will have an idea of how your neighborhood was laid out to begin with.
A cheap survey is like a discount parachute. If you do it at all, get
an experienced pro with a license. Any other survey is worth less than
a roll of Charmin.
You might get away without a survey; it's your gamble, and you might be
OK. If you can locate AND TRUST your existing markers (known as
monumentation) and compare them to your original lot survey (and NOT the
so-called 'mortgage survey'), you might be OK.
IF you decide to get it surveyed, don't screw around. Hire a pro with a
license and a reputation. This will cost, and it will be worth it.
The $1000 quote that I have is from a Pro in the area...
But, he will provide a mortage survey for now, then later when his
schedule lightens up he will come out and mark the property - after I
Unless some other pro comes in better, that is probably the route I will
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