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How Much Should A Land Survey Cost

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residential land for a fence and property bounderies
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Lindie replied 11 years ago.

Survey prices vary considerably depending on state, county, city limits. If there ever has been one listed previously. I've seen them as low as $150 and as high as $700, for a single family home. Each company that does a survery can vary in prices. Plus it depends how fast one may or may not be needed. So in general, there is no set fee.

Hope this information helps.

Expert:  Andy Lambert replied 11 years ago.

A surveyor starts by looking for established "markers" on the property. It is usually a metal rod painted orange although if it's been in the ground for a long time the coloring will be impossible to see. Try it yourself first. See if you can locate these markers and get a copy of your deed and/or plat map at your local town hall. The plat map actually shows the boundaries of your lot.

But if you can't find your markers you need a surveyor. So you see, this was a simple survey that should not cost more than $350.00 total. If you don't have markers the surveyor will go to the nearest marker in the street and measure from there. If there is a great distance between your property and the nearest survey marker, the fee will be greater.

There is no set fee for a survey. It all depends on the amount of time and effort that was required in getting your measurements. Surveyors can be off the mark too. Sometimes in a boundary dispute three surveyors are needed, yours, theirs, and a neutral one.

Having said that, a survey of a typical house lot, on average, is about $750.00.

Hope I helped :)