How Much Does a Land Survey Cost?
A land surveyor service is going to be able to survey a lot to determine exactly where the property line is. This is ideal for property owners who would like to add something to their property, or if there is some sort of dispute with their neighbors. For new construction, this is going to be mandatory most of the time.
How much is it?
- On average, a land surveyor is going to charge $250 to $900 for the job. The price is going to greatly depend on the size of the job, the layout of the land, as well as how accessible it is. The more complex a job is, the more reports that will be needed to draw out the line.
- An acre of land may fall within the ballpark of $550 to $750. Keep in mind that these quotes are going to be without markers to match up the particular property boundaries.
- According to HarrityLandSurveying.com, other factors that are going to influence the price tag are the purpose of the survey, the complexity, the size and shape, the terrain, the cooperation of neighbors, and the time of the year.
Factors that influence the price:
- Location: The geographical location is going to greatly influence the price. The amount of time that it takes to do the work as well as long it will take the surveyor to get there can all become a factor.
- Research: Some land surveys are going to require more research than other land. If evidence on the property is missing for example such as a large stone or tree, this can add more work for the survey.
- Shape: The shape and size of the property can influence the price as properties with mountainous terrain and those with irregular shapes can cost more.
- Time: The time of the year can jump up the costs. Generally, the seasons such as winter can cost the most due to road conditions and visibility issues.
What are the extra costs?
- If you want the land surveyor to set “pins” or “markers” on your property line to show you exactly where the line is, this may be an additional cost. The average cost can range from $50 to $250 per marker.
- A more detailed report may be an additional expense if you want something more than the basic paperwork that they generally hand out.
- Complex yards that have rocks, uneven property lines, or other hindrances can add more time to the surveyors time.
- If a record has to be recorded with the local county, a filing fee as well as report can add onto the cost.
What is going to be included?
- A simple report detailing the property, as well as the markers if included in the overall quote, will be included in the price. This survey will be done using advanced technologies that will measure by GPS and other tools to produce a very accurate reading.
- Most surveyors will include a free consultation either over the phone or in person. They will be able to explain what they can do for you as well as what the price includes.
How can I save money?
- Talk with 2 to 3 companies to get a good idea of what equipment they use as well as how accurate of a reading that you’re going to receive. Some companies may use equipment that is more advanced than others. Services such as Service Magic can help you find a quote in your area.
- When choosing a land survey, be sure to chose one based on knowledge instead of price. As that old saying goes, “You’re going to get what you pay for.”
- Check with friends or a neighbor to see if they have a recommendation. Check with the local BBB to ensure that they have a good rating.