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Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Surveying Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with a Surveyor, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Surveyor commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Surveyor? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Surveying Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Surveyor - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Surveying Service at a fair price?Find a Surveyor that (i) has recently provided good work to someone you trust and (ii) passes a background services screening test. Compile a COMPLETE, detailed list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have the Surveyor prepare a "not to exceed" estimate. Agree on the final price, sign a complete written agreement (see below) before any work begins.
What should I expect to pay for Surveying Service?Most Surveying Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Surveyor ranges from $48 to $71. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Surveyor.
Do I need to use a licensed Surveyor for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?You should use a licensed Surveyor for any work that exceeds $500. To check a Surveyor's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to check license status and history by the name of the business or individual.
Should I use an insured Surveyor for my project?Your Surveyor should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Surveyor should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Surveyor need to be bonded?A bond is generally not required for Surveying Service.

Surveyor - Services

A Surveyor can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Surveying Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Surveyor - Finding and Hiring

Not every Surveyor has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Surveyor matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Surveyor to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Surveyor - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Surveyor. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Surveyor. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Surveyor's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

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