Ring Ring (It costs HOW much?)
George calls and says a friend gave him my (cell) number. Apparently I did some work for his friend for $500. (Seems unlikely, since I never surveyed in the 70's...or it was a favor since they had my cell number...I forgot to ask who.)
Has an acre and just needs two posts put in on the back line to guide the fence construction. How much?
Well, I am not taking that sort of work right now (too busy) and it is a bit of a drive for my crews...so I try to refer him. He asks me for a ball park.
I tell him between $5000 and $10,000 would be a starting point without knowing anything about the property. That is when he tells me about the $500. And starts to wonder how it could cost so much for "two posts". I gently come up with all sorts of examples...like pulling two teeth...could find someone to do it for $500, but wouldn't you rather have an expert? Then I point out that his fence will likely cost double the survey and the people doing that only have a shovel, hammer, and a saw...and need zero expertise.
Still couldn't believe it. My luck there is someone willing to do it for $500.
I gotta hand it to you for engaging that long. While I try to help people find a surveyor that might want to help or is better suited for the neighborhood, I won't when they go down the $500 road.
I had a request from a phone call, I looked at the property on my database, the block is surrounded by corners I've located and I have to set or find three, I did some quick calcs and it all fit within .1'. So I figured I could do it easily and eat a bit if it didn't work out. Told them $500-$800 and they had a cow.......
Jeesh, they finally relented and it took $500-$800, worked it in during another job, went to the property and found two, set one. They all fit.
Thought I was being extra nice, but they still think it was robbery.
I'm kind of curious about why / how it would cost 10 grand to survey 1 acre under any circumstances. Even at 3 eight hour days thats 417 an hour. Am I under charging by that much? Of course, surveying in your area might be more difficult than where I am. Who knows.