The biggest mistake you can make as a homeowner is not getting your land surveyed because of the cost of doing so. The second biggest mistake is hiring a land surveyor who is “cheap” or “cheaper” than other land surveyors.
When land surveyors make mistakes, even seemingly minor miscalculations can result in serious and expensive problems for all parties involved. A ten foot discrepancy in placement of a boundary line can cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix.
Cheaper survey bids often mean that the surveyor does not have the most up to date equipment and/or qualified staff. The land surveyor who “does it all” (bids, field work, office computations, drafting) is often the one who opens themselves up to the biggest mistakes.
The Professional Land Surveyor constantly updates field equipment and office computers in order to provide you with the best service. They use high quality land surveying equipment and tools and possess a competent, qualified staff with quality control that the less expensive surveyor is unable to guarantee.
If you needed heart surgery, would you select the cheapest… or the best surgeon? The same principle applies when selecting a Professional Land Surveyor. Remember, many times, the “cheapest” survey costs the most in additional surveying and legal fees. You can spend a few hundred dollars more now, or spend several thousand later.
Chances are a low bid means the surveyor must cut corners and sacrifice quality. Incorrect surveys can cost you way more money than you would have saved by selecting a surveyor based on price alone. As a consumer you should shop for the best value, not the cheapest price.