1.) Price varies depending on type of service needed.
Often, we get calls starting with “I need a survey, what do you charge?” This ends up being a more complex answer than people want, it is hard to provide anything firm without understanding what the client wants to do. (ex. New house, fence, renovation, subdivision etc.) The age, size, terrain, and tree/vegetation on the property also are factors that can determine the final amount.
2.) There are potentially additional charges.
Most clients base their decision on the price, but there are potentially additional costs that a client may want to confirm. The most common are:
- Costs to re-date or re-inspect a survey plan? Most cities want plans dated within 6 months so this is an item that would come up when you submit plans for any type of permit.
- Costs of disbursements? Items such as title, legal plans that are purchased to carry out the survey, these are often passed on to the client.
- Costs of future surveys? Often it could be valuable to have the surveyor price out for services that maybe needed in the future. (i.e. New construction services, subdivision plans etc.)
3.) Does the surveyor have previous experience in your municipality?
From legal survey to topographic survey plans each municipality will have their own quirks in the type of info they want to see on their plans. If the surveyor is not familiar with the needed requirements, then there are going to be potential delays and or additional costs that can adversely affect your budget.
4.) What are the timelines?
Before settling on who to hire ask about their timing to get needed deliverables. Often there are two parts to this:
- Time provided to get on the site.
- Time to get the survey plan drafted.
Often timing ends up being the deciding factor on most competing quotes as the differences in pricing are relatively small.
5.) Get recommendations from another consultant.
Often engineers, architects, and builders are good sources to get recommendations on what survey company would best suit your needs. Their familiarity with the land surveyor’s services could help a new client assess some of the points mentioned on this list.
Getting a land survey can often be the first step in starting your project, feel free to contact us and we can provide you consultation on your next steps. We are one of the fastest growing companies covering the Lower Mainland, come see what the fuss is all about!