In the nearly 25 years that I’ve been a land surveyor I’ve been contacted by thousands of character owners looking to have their land surveyed. All too often they make their decisions based on only one factor, price; which often leads to dissatisfaction with their choice and sometimes a less than quality survey, too. The following 10 tips are developed from my experience and will help you in hiring the right specialized land surveyor to survey your land.
1. Is the person you’re hiring licensed to perform land surveying sets?
- specialized Land Surveyors are required to be licensed by the state they work or offer sets in. If you hire someone to survey your land that isn’t qualified to legally survey in the state that you live, you’re throwing away your money and that person is breaking the law. If you have any doubts contact your states licensing board to confirm that this individual is a licensed specialized land surveyor.
2. Does this person have specialized Liability Insurance?
- This is insurance, like doctors’ malpractice insurance, which protects you if the specialized land surveyor makes a mistake. Land surveyors are no different than any other human being and they can make mistakes in their specialized capacities. Would you see a doctor, or have surgery performed, knowing that the doctor or surgeon didn’t have malpractice insurance?
3. Does this person or firm have Workers Compensation Insurance?
- Each state is different, and not all states may require this: but who is responsible if the person you hire, or their employees, get hurt or injured while surveying on your land? If this kind of insurance is required in your state make sure that the person or firm you hire to survey your land has this insurance and is in compliance with your state law.
4. Does this person have experience in performing the sets you require?
- Generally there aren’t licensed specialties within the land surveying profession, but make sure if you hire a specialized land surveyor to do, say, a border survey, they’re experienced in border surveying. Some land surveyors may concentrate in the following areas: Construction Layout, Topographic Surveys, Mapping, Geodetic, Land Development and border Surveys. consequently, if you need a specialized land surveyor for a border argument, and the person you’re thinking of hiring mainly deals with construction layout, hire another specialized experienced with border surveying. Also ask how long this person has been working as a specialized land surveyor. Only hire an experience specialized land surveyor to survey your land.
5. Does this person pursue continuing education?
- Professionals keep abreast of technological and specialized advancements. It’s the experience attained with years of specialized practice and a love of learning that makes a true specialized. The specialized land surveyor you hire to survey your land should be well informed and value continuing education.
6. Does this person have a specialized demeanor?
- Do they have a specialized turn up and do they treat you professionally. This is all about respecting you and begins with your initial call and interaction. If they don’t act specialized they probably won’t be specialized in surveying your land. Do they promptly return calls and emails? Are they willing, already eager, taking time explaining to you how a survey is conducted? Are their office and vehicles neat, organized, and specialized in turn up? I’m not talking about extravagant or expensive (which you will be paying for); just neat, organized, and specialized.
7. Do they use modern equipment?
- With all of the technological advancements you’ve seen in recent years, like in personal computers, the land surveying industry has seen incredible advancements in technologies and techniques, also. We’re now able to use a wide range of technologies like Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Robotic Survey Systems, and Laser Scanning, to name a few, that provide greater accuracyn, accuracy, and efficiencies. Hire a specialized land surveyor that has and will invest in progressive technologies to continually enhance their work, which results in cost savings for you. You may not know some of these tools or what they’re called, so ask if they use “AutoCAD Civil 3D”, “Robotic Total Stations” and “Survey Grade GPS”, for example.
8. Ask for a written contract and when you need to pay?
- A land surveyor should be more than willing to provide a written contract spelling out their sets and what you will be charged. Also ask when payment will become due. It’s shared for a land surveyors to receive at the minimum half to all of the fee upfront, depending on your credit worthiness and if you are a first time customer. They may accept credit cards, like MasterCard and Visa. If you and your specialized land surveyor are clear about the scope of work, fees and when payment is expected, everyone will be on the same page.
9. What’s being set at your character corners?
- The reason you hire a land surveyor to survey your land is to determine the extents, or outline, of the character. If the character corners are not marked how will you know this? And, if it is not marked with long-lasting markers, likely to last for many years, what good is it? You should never accept wooden stakes as character markers, unless they are permanent due to some mitigating factor like imminent land grading or nearby construction activity, plastic flagging dangling from a branch, or vague explanations, when the survey is presumably completed, such as “near the Pole”, “near the mailbox”, or “under the shrub”. appropriate long-lasting markers include Plastic Stakes, Iron Rods, Iron Pipes, Rebar, Railroad Spikes, Magnetic Nails and other nails in paved areas, Drilled Holes in boulders or stone walls, Concrete and Granite Bounds.
10. Will they walk the character with you?
- during conducting a survey your land surveyor will set many independent survey control markers and will find many existing monuments; not all of these may be at your character corners. It can be confusing at first. So, make sure that the specialized land surveyor is willing to walk your character with you to clarify the actual monuments and markers that mark your character corners.
In conclusion, the above 10 Tips On Hiring A specialized Land Surveyor to survey your land is so you can find an experienced specialized land surveyor that will give you value and quality. Your land is too valuable not to hire the best specialized land surveyor and have the best relationship with this specialized, right from the start.