I don't know. I would think it's highly dependent on the local market.
Generally, I don't think it's a good idea to pay for a service before
you get it. Then you are depending on the provider to do what was
contracted for. If he doesn't it's a big hassle for you. I always
prefer to pay on delivery.
Suppose his schedule never "lightens up". He's got your grand - what's
his incentive to come back?
Yeah, I know, his reputation, his good word, yada yada. If you trust him
go for it, but it could be risky.
The actual staking is the finishing touch. It's usually very fast -- a
few minutes per stake. All the prep work is done in advance. Usually
we spend more time driving to a customer's property than we spend staking.
That, and the actual paperwork -- the plat of survey itself -- are the
end products. You want BOTH. It's the plat that's of actual value;
there's no proof of who pounded in the iron pipes (or whatever they
use). If you distrust the surveyor, don't hire him. Explain your
concern up front; you're concerned that the staking will never get done
if you pay the full amount up front. Suggest 50/50.
The surveyor is also a businessperson, and should be aware of your
concerns & will certainly anticipate same. If he acts put out with an
offer of 50/50, he's not much of an entrepreneur. Shop elsewhere.
Odds are, though, that 50/50 will be welcomed. (And in my neck of the
woods, a grand for a 3.5 acre boundary survey is a bargain).
I really don't have any concern with pre-paying..
I put $3,000 earnest money on the house... I could have a tough time
getting that back also.
So $1,000 on a credit card from a local business guy who does work for
the county... seems like low risk to me.
Nonsense. What makes a customer who won't pay 100% upfront less than
legitimate? If he needs a survey for the closing and also wants
actual stake markers put in, there is nothing wrong with paying for
paying for it in two parts. Around here, NJ, surveyors wouldt
typically charge you one amount for a survey for closing without
actually marking the lot and a larger amount for one that includes the
I'm not saying he has great risk by paying the entire amount on a
credit card up front. Just that if he chooses to do it in two
seperate payments as the work is actually completed, it doesn't make
him a less than legitimate customer and surveyors I've dealt with
would have no problem doing it that way.
Normal, maybe. Outrageous, absolutely!
Did you not get a plot of survey when you purchased
the house? If so and you can't find it, it should
be on file at the Title Insurance company. Your
county may have the plot of survey on file.
All you have to do is find the existing stakes and
get an inch on your side of the line.
Watch out for easements. Do not build/put anything
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