How Much Does a Land Survey Cost?
Land surveys are binding, professionally certified pieces of evidence that precisely state the true and legal boundaries of your property. A survey may be needed when you carry out major renovations or additions on your premises.
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Land surveys are conducted and guaranteed by a licensed professional surveyor. The job involves researching a property's original documentation and physically measuring the land. Surveying provides a clear benefit to owners in both peace of mind and meaningful legal protection.
Several factors shape the final bill of a land survey. The cost of hiring a professional surveyor is not so straightforward as paying for routine repair work or even a home inspection. The price varies widely not only by locality and surveyor but also by dozens of project-specific details. Nationally, the average cost to purchase a land survey is about $760 with a range between about $630 and nearly $900. However, these figures may be adjusted by location.
Project Costs & Liability
Among the most fundamental of cost factors is the project scope; a 1-acre lot will cost less to survey than 2,000 acres. Additionally, the terrain is important. Difficult terrain with significant tree cover or underbrush costs more, as do disputed boundaries. Surveyors also account for travel time to the job site and the difficulty of the research phase.
When you order a survey, you are not only paying for the surveyor's time and work; you are also paying for their solid professional standing. When a surveyor certifies his or her work, that means they will defend it in court if challenged. If there are losses, damages or a boundary dispute caused by an erroneous land survey, the surveyor is held responsible rather than the property owner.
The extent of this liability is determined by state law and usually lasts five to 10 years after the survey has been completed. That is why it is important to do business with a fully licensed and insured surveyor, preferably one that has been in business for many years. The final price for a survey reflects this burden of liability because property owners are not only buying a survey but also peace of mind for many years to come. Surveyors who take on greater liability may charge more for their services.
Last updated on Mar 31, 2016
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