People need to have their property surveyed for different reasons, but not a lot of people believe that surveying is something they need to spend good money on.
That surveying is “just a waste of money” is probably one of the biggest misconceptions people have. Land surveying is actually an investment, meaning it’s one of those things that you want to spend money on so you don’t spend even more money in the future.
Now, what do I mean?
Let me give you a good example. Let’s say you are about to buy a property – perhaps a house and lot. Now, this is something that you’ve been wanting to buy all your life. It’s your dream house, and you’re about to buy it.
A friend of your suggested that you have the property surveyed, but you decided against it because a.) you don’t want to spend money on surveying b.) you thought surveying is nothing but a waste of money and c.) you thought it’s not necessary.
Fast forward a couple of years later, heavy rain suddenly poured in your area. Because you had no idea that your property was prone to flooding (which is an information a survey could have given you), you had to move out of the house to find a temporary place to stay, spend money on repairs and buy new things because they all got ruined by the flood.
A land survey could have, say, cost you $1,000; repairs due to flood? somewhere around $5,000.
Hiring a Licensed Land Surveyor
Another important thing to remember is to make sure that you hire a licensed land surveyor. By law, only a duly accredited and licensed land surveyor should perform land surveying. You don’t want to hire an unlicensed surveyor – they are not recognized by the state or the legal profession.
Another tip that I can give you is to let your surveyor know what you want ahead of time. This allows your surveyor to give you a precise quote. Through this, you can set a budget to have the surveying done without any hassles.
Is it wise to choose a land surveyor with the lowest price?
The answer is no, because the price should never be a base. What you should base your decision on should be the surveyor’s capacity. Is he able to perform what you’re asking with a professional manner? Does he have the experience to do what you need him to do? If he does, then the price really should not matter. Again, surveying is an investment and we all know that we only get what we pay for.