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Wendell
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https://www.bobvila.com/articles/land-survey-cost/

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Posted : July 21, 2021 6:59 pm
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Posted : July 21, 2021 7:02 pm
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A boundary survey for less than $1000 ????

What is this .....80's night?

 
Posted : July 21, 2021 7:03 pm
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Posted : July 21, 2021 7:03 pm
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Richard Imrie
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While were giffing, here's one of my favourites, that sums up most things:

 
Posted : July 21, 2021 7:22 pm
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Bill93
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They must have pulled up an old article and re-ran it without updating prices.

There are some good points in the discussion, if you ignore the numbers quoted.

I wonder who set up the tripod height in the lead photo.  Maybe the guy's adolescent child? It makes my back hurt to look at it.

 
Posted : July 21, 2021 7:28 pm

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FairbanksLS
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Bob is very entertaining.  

 
Posted : July 21, 2021 7:28 pm
Mark Mayer
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There is a link at the bottom of the article for providing feedback ("contact"), which I have done. Put your word in too. Be respectful! 

 
Posted : July 21, 2021 7:55 pm
FairbanksLS
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Bob Vila is a graduate journalist and a television host who has a staff who does the research.  I find it disrespectful to put out misleading information.  Must have polled the National Survey brokers.  An industry that should not exist.

 
Posted : July 21, 2021 8:32 pm

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timd1971
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I remember about 25 years ago, they were doing typical boundary surveys for $150 all day long.  Good grief, not worth getting in the truck for that.

 
Posted : July 21, 2021 8:43 pm
Gene Kooper
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Hey Wendell,

Sounds to me that Vila's price is way too high. Twelve years ago, Vicki Payne had (in addition to her stained-glass craft show) a home improvement show entitled, "For Your Home." Episode 2601 dealt with building a yard fence, so IF (big if) you couldn't find the "pins" and needed a surveyor, HE should only charge between $150 and $250. Before she could say dollars after 250, the TV went silent.

I didn't find her as entertaining as some here find Bob. 🙂

Reminds me of a man who owned a residential lot in Central City, CO who saw that I posted about mineral surveys on an older version of SurveyorConnect. He called me up, offering an entire US Grant for me to come up and set one pin he needed before the town would issue a building permit. The lot was surveyed by someone else, who refused to reset his pin without a lot more money. Otherwise, he'd appreciate the owner taking back the moneys paid and forgetting that a "land" survey was ever done (yes, he had an active license at the time). I never felt curious enough to inquire which of my peers accepted that generous compensation.

 
Posted : July 21, 2021 8:49 pm
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Posted by: @bill93

I wonder who set up the tripod height in the lead photo.  Maybe the guy's adolescent child? It makes my back hurt to look at it.

 
Posted : July 21, 2021 8:55 pm

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FairbanksLS
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@timd1971 

I don't doubt you but would like to know where they were charging that for any boundary survey. 

 
Posted : July 21, 2021 9:02 pm
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When I first saw this article I thought surely they must be talking about Mortgage Loan Inspection "surveys".  That's the only way I can get this article to make sense in my head.

 
Posted : July 22, 2021 6:03 am
Hi-staker
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@out-of-level Mortgage loan inspection "surveys"/encroachment inspections are a HUGE disservice to our profession and industry. Mortgage lenders, banks, real estate agents, and title companies all refer to them as SURVEYS. Joe and Jane Blow have no idea that they are not boundary surveys, even though 99% of them state that they are not boundary surveys. 

Personally, I would love to see these type of "inspections" heavily regulated by individual state and national survey societies. Either outlaw them outright, or fix a minimum price of no less than 1% of the appraised value of the property for the service. Such a price fix would allow for a more thorough product, and would curtail lenders and title insurers from having "Cheap-surveys-r-us" from cranking out garbage.

I'll step off of that soapbox, for now.

 
Posted : July 22, 2021 12:23 pm
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