Choosing a Surveyor

Surveying Body of Knowledge (PDF)  (Taken from the NSPS web site.)

How to Consult a Land Surveyor:

This pamphlet was down loaded from the “National Society of Professional Surveyor’s “  (NSPS)  web site.

What does a survey cost?       (Taken from the NSPS web site.)

Survey cost depends on type needed, time required, preparation of necessary plats and descriptions, amount of information supplied by an owner, and surveyor’s knowledge of the area. There are other variables that affect cost.   (Because of individual state’s requirements for field measurements standards and requirements for recording of surveys, cost can vary substantially.)

Available records: At times, legal descriptions of the property to be surveyed may be vague, incomplete, contradictory or mathematically inaccurate. It may also be necessary to resolve an unrecorded deed, agreement or easement.  (Not all survey drawings are prepared on recordable size formats.)

Field evidence: The presence of iron monuments, cornerstones in the survey area aid surveyors; their absence makes surveys more difficult.

Seasons: Dense vegetation in summer often restricts the line of sight, and snow in winter may conceal field evidence. Size/shape: An irregularly shaped tract of land has more corners and a longer perimeter than a square containing the same area.

Terrain/accessibility: A level, open field is much easier to survey than a wooded, hilly tract of land.

It is recommended to interview more than one surveyor. The most qualified professional land surveyor may not be the least expensive. Ask if a surveyor has worked in the area or has other historical information that may help provide the service more efficiently and effectively.