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Question DetailsAsked on 12/22/2014

how much should a land survey for a new fence cost

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Costs for 3 recent similar job costs in my area, relatively high labor cost area -

1) $125 to put in about a half dozen spikes with survey ribbon (to guide fencing crew) on proposed fence line - coming off existing readily locatable property corners, for fence on one side of property - single straight line about 125 feet long. Minimal brushing to be able to see down line, and zero tree cutting.

2) $225 for same as above, but had to reestablish one property line corner from survey hubs in the street, reset the property corner marker (piece of driven in rebar), and put about a half dozen points on line along each of two sides of property (about 110 feet each), again minimal brushing/small tree cutting (brush hook/machete work, not chain saw)

3) $450 to mark for 3 sided property fence (about 100-130 feet long on each side) providing about a half dozen flagged points on each line from existing property corners, moderate brushing and had to fell about 20 roughly 30-50 foot trees (less than 1 foot diameter) to provide line of sight (open area so no structure or power line issues with felling trees)

A recommendation - make absolute sure the fence does not stray over the line, because that could make part of it on the neighbor's land and subject to him taking that part out (or demanding you do) - and assume your next neighbor to move in will be the neighbor from hell, so I always recommend having the surveyors mark the actual property line so those points hopefully will survive, but I then measure off their points 3-6 inches on your side of the line (so when the fence installers waver a bit it should still be on your side) and drive in wood lath (or you could have surveyors do this) then I string color string along the lath as a definitive face offence and do-not-go-past definitive mark for the fencers, because they tend to get sloppy to times. That way the lath might not survive the fencing installation, but you can stilll eyeball or stringline down the property line along the surveyed property line (best time is to do this with fencer when posts are in but before they start putting on boards) to be sure no part will be over the line. Otherwise you could have a rude awakening when the neighbor's or your property is sold and you find out the fence is on or over the line.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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