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The land surveyor's fee

Published:Sunday | November 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Craig Francis, Contributor

Good day, readers. There are still many persons who are unable to determine the difference between the various types of surveys and what is their surveyor's responsibility when he is contracted by them. I have also been getting many questions about the fees that land surveyors charge.

I will say this again, when you hire your land surveyor to conduct and prepare a Surveyor's Identification Report, unless otherwise agreed upon with him, he is not obligated nor contracted to replace the boundary marks if he discovers them missing.

I find that many persons who contract a land surveyor are not aware of this so when they have a surveyors report done, especially on a vacant lot, they expect to see the boundary pegs replaced by the land surveyor if they were removed. This is not the case however if you arrange with your land surveyor he can do a second report at a reduced cost.

Land Surveyors' Fees

The next thing many persons have a problem with is the fees charged by commissioned land surveyors for their services. The first that our fees are at the lower end of the scale with regard to the other allied professions. Second, in regard to Surveyor's Identification Report the risks attached and the fact that the land surveyor indemnify all parties involved in the transaction is reason enough to pay a fee commensurate with that level of risk. The risk-to-fee charged is inversely proportional. To persons who wish to have boundary surveys done for their property, then one way to lessen your cost is to try to encourage your neighbour or others in your community to have their property surveyed the same day yours is being done.

If you should be able to arrange this, then your surveyor could charge a reduced fee, seeing that he would be doing several properties on the same day in the same area. This would be mutually beneficial to all parties concerned.

So call your surveyor talk to him and negotiate with him. You may have several jobs to do or one property that will need several different surveys done on it, topographic survey, surveyor's report, boundary repeging and building setting out. In this case, try to come to some sort of arrangement where you can get a package deal to have all the surveys done and you get a discount on the latter ones to be done. This will be a tremendous savings to you as your land surveyor really wants to serve you and also ensure that he does so in an economically feasible way for both you and him/her.

Your land surveyor is here to serve you in all your property dealings as far as it concerns his expertise, so talk to him and negotiate with him as he is here to ensure the best outcome for both parties.

Keep sending your questions and comments and let's continue to explore A Matter Land. Until next time, traverse well.

Craig Francis is a commissioned land surveyor and managing director of Precision Surveying Services Ltd. He can be contacted for questions or queries at or his Facebook page Precision Surveying Services