How much should I expect to pay a surveyor to survey my lot? It is in
a Boston suburb, near 128, and is about 75' wide and 100' long, on a
I am planning on building a retaining wall at the low end of the lot
to level the grade a bit and want to make sure I stay on my own land.
I think I only need the legal plot boundaries indicated along three
sides, at the low end of the slope.
Here is something that often works where I live.
If you call a few of the survey companies in your area and ask them if they
have performed a survey on your property in the past, they will often give
you the survey information at a greatly reduced cost as they have it in
their files doing nothing anyways.
Good luck finding one in a hurry here in Red Sox Nation...I'm in
Winchester, MA and I set out this summer to get a perimeter survey of our
lot, for much the same reasons as you.
I must have left voicemails at seven or eight surveyors, and only one in
Medford called me back. I selected that firm even though they told me
they "anticipated" completing the survey 10 to 12 weeks after they
received a deposit of 50% of their $1,100 fee.
It's only been seven weeks since I mailed them my check, and all I can do
is wait and hope they meet their time estimate. We'll probably miss the
shrub planting season this year anyway.
Too bad I can't DIY this job as I can so many others, but I may need the
results to "prove" to a new neighbor that they scooped up about 300
square feet of our land when they did some major landscaping earlier this
year. I'll most likely be be asking them to buy it from me for its tax
assessed value and pay all the associated costs and fees related to the
transfer so that I won't have to go on paying property taxes year after
year on what they're now enjoying as theirs..
I'm thinking of advising my teen age son to consider surveying as a
Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
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