Somebody needs to have a talk with Mr. Vila
Sadly this sounds about right for my area. We lost multiple residential lot surveys last that were in our back yard to a company coming from an hour away to do them for $450. Lost a few more to a local competitor for... you guessed it $450.
That outfit is still in business? You get what you pay for.
We have pins and data in 95% of the city and surrounding subdivisions all on a coordinated system. It's rare that I can't calculate search areas for corners that will also end up being the final position. But even so if I don't quote an estimate that's quite low I won't come close to staking the lot. Basically I treat them as time fillers at this point. If we are slow or waiting on some large project instead of having the crew doing busy work I can send them out on a loss leader lot survey. Don't make much on them if anything, but they keep us out in the public and it's a small fraction of my overall business.
We lost multiple residential lot surveys
A friend and mentor here (Uncle P) says he never lost a dollar on a job he did not get.
I had a guy come in that I work with at times. His mother lived in a remote town (different state) created by a plat-sans distances and bearings.......
Oh, the lots also border a river that is continually flooding the lots.......
Oh, and there were a couple of surveys that couldn't find anything, so says the mom.......
Oh, and the neighbor's lot borders federal lands in an early era survey with no resurveys.
I kinda got a headache looking at that job.