Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes
to buying or selling land, people usually require the services of a
Registered Professional Land Surveyor. Most people do not understand how
a survey works and are not aware of the logical process to follow when
choosing the right land surveyor.
speaking, a survey should be made before purchasing real
property, when dividing any tract of land, and prior to the construction
of any improvements on property in which you have an interest.
mind that the services of a land surveyor NOW will cost you less time,
worry, and money than the cost of either moving, improvements, or having to
defend a lawsuit LATER.
To help you
make a decision, here are a few frequently asked questions.
Do I Need A Land Surveyor?
first know that ONLY a Registered Professional Land Surveyor, or RPLS,
licensed by the State Board of Registration is legally permitted to
perform land surveys in the State of Texas. It is important to
understand that the Land Surveyor is part of a professional team
composed of attorneys, title company personnel, engineers, architects,
planners, landscape architects, and much more.
It is also
important to understand that a Land Surveyor should not be selected by
price alone. Competency is of high importance. Land Surveyors, just like
other professionals, vary in knowledge and ability as well.
choosing your Land Surveyor, it is important to use a Surveyor that is
familiar with the area. Surveyors that are not familiar with an area
often take more time to research, more time in the field tying in
existing corners that a Surveyor more familiar with the area may have
already done, and more time to complete a full map, costing you more
money. Your selection should be made when you are absolutely sure that
the RPLS that you have chosen has all of the facts, is familiar with the
area, and is completely aware of your needs and requirements. Remember,
the experiences expressed by clients have usually shown that the
majority of Land Surveyors provide competent work for a reasonable fee.
Much Will A Survey Cost?
Clear Fork Surveying & Mapping Co. Inc., we typically do not charge by
acreage, we charge by the hour. Knowing this, the following tips
can help you reduce the cost of your survey by saving you time and
keeping your costs at a minimum.
The cost for most
land surveying work is based on the following variables:
1. Type of survey: Cost
varies and will increase as the required precision and scope of the
2. Record search: This
varies by both the number of tracts involved, and the number of past
transactions. Transactions in the past often result in many vague,
incomplete, and often contradictory legal descriptions and land records.
You can cut costs by asking the previous owner if there is an existing
survey, or asking for the previous surveyor's name. Also, remember to always
have a deed on hand before contacting the surveyor so that they can give
a more accurate estimate on the cost of your survey.
3. Size/Shape of the property:
Basically, an irregularly shaped parcel has more corners to search
and monument than a rectangular parcel containing the same area.
4. Section Survey Work:
Section surveys usually require the survey of the entire section (640
acres +/-) in which the land being surveyed lies, regardless of the area
of the parcel. In some cases, a survey of more than one section is
required, depending on the location of the parcel in question in
relation to the sections shown on the government plat.
5. Terrain: A level
of land generally is easier to survey than a mountainous parcel and
takes far less time.
6. Vegetation: Branches,
brush, and small trees should be cleared to create a line of sight for
the surveyors equipment. Doing this results in saving the survey field crew time,
therefore keeping your cost down. In some settings, shrubs, flowers, and trees on home sites usually are not
disturbed, but it may require additional field time to work around them.
7. Accessibility: Keep in
mind that the amount of time it takes to complete our field work varies
with the distance and difficulty in reaching the property corners
(especially large boundary surveys).
8. Amount of existing evidence
on the property: Existing evidence such as iron rods, wood stakes,
stone monuments, old fences and occupation lines, witness trees, etc.
are key aids for the Surveyor and are great evidence in determining
seniority rights. Sometimes, their absence can make it difficult to
retrace the original survey.
Knowledge: Someone pointing out accepted survey/property lines and
monuments is always a considerable aid to the Surveyor and can save
time, and money.
10.Title Company Requirements:
Title companies may require considerably more documentation than is
normally required by the average land owner.
Because of these variables, it can
be often be difficult to determine the exact fees of the total project
from the start. However, with the high level of expertise, experience,
and knowledge we have here at Clear Fork Surveying Co. Inc., we will
furnish you with an approximate estimate.
The Texas Society of Professional
Surveyors (TSPS) - FAQs for
the General Public -
Land Surveyors Website -