Posted on: 4 August 2016
For developers who build residential neighborhoods, boundary survey costs can quickly add up. According to HomeAdvisor, the average homeowner spends between $335 and $650 on a land survey. When multiplied by just 10 homes, the boundary surveying costs for even a small development can easily total between $3,350 and $6,500. These costs, however, can be reduced by making a surveyor's job faster because surveyors often charge by the hour. If you're a developer building a new sub-development, here's what you can do to help a surveyor save time—and your company save money.
Trim Back Plants Near the Lot Boundaries
While you're clearing lots to build homes on them, don't just clear the area where the house and driveway will go. Make sure you also clear the boundary areas of each lot as much as you can. Doing so will make it easier and faster for a boundary surveyor to mark each boundary, since they won't have to fight brush when placing markers in the ground.
Schedule Surveying for Late Fall or Early Spring
If you're unable to remove certain plants, such as large bushes or big trees, that are near the lots' boundaries, a surveyor will have to work around them. Even if the bushes and trees aren't where a ground marker needs to go, they might block a surveyor's line of sight. Surveyors can work around visual obstacles, but doing so takes extra time.
By scheduling surveying for either late fall or early spring, you can reduce how much bushes and trees interfere with a surveyor's line of sight. By late fall, lots of plants have lost their leaves. In spring, new leaves begin to grow—but they're usually small in early spring. During these two sweet spots, a surveyor may be able to see through the branches of a tree or bush and not have to work around it.
Scheduling for late fall or early spring also makes it easier for surveyors to place markers. Markers need to be put in the ground, which is difficult when it's frozen and coated in snow and ice. Hammering stakes goes much faster when the ground is warm.
Water the Ground if It's Dry
Hammering in markers also goes much faster when the ground is wet and soft, as opposed to dry and hard. If there hasn't been significant rainfall in the days leading up to the survey, water the areas where markers will be placed. The survey will be able to put stakes in with fewer swings of the hammer—and less time.Share