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Question DetailsAsked on 3/25/2014

what is the average cost of a land survey in md.

I need a property line surveyer--possible boundary dispute-- two estimates have both benn around $3000.

This sounds way too high.

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There is no "average" because each piece of land is different - different shape and terrain, varying amount of trees or brush that has to be line cleared or surveyed around, differing accessibility of benchmarks or reference points nearby to tie into, snow or no snow, swampy or solid poison oak and ivy, guard dogs in the way, etc.

A normal roughly 1/4 acre residential lot with corners "recoverable" - meaning the "hubs" or rebar corners are locateable with a metal detector and appear to be intact, runs about $150-300 typically to check corners and measure distances to house and any other structures for an "as-built" for a property transfer.

In your case, because you say there is a dispute over a boundary, there are three levels of survey possible. The first and easiest is to try to locate the original corners and re-establish the line from there, as above. If the parties agree on that location, then good and done, and for about $100 extra you can have a half dozen or so rebar set along the line - like to establish the property line for a fence installer to follow or stay clear of.

The second level would be for the surveyor, for typically about $50-200 extra in built-up areas with streets and such, to go back to centerline hubs in the street as reference points, then resurvey from there to check and, if necessary, reset the corner markers and any intermediate ones you wanted set. In more rural areas but still with quarter section corners (every quarter mile) this can involve as much as $500-1000 extra work. If both parties will not accept that, and also in truly remote areas where control has to be pulled in from USGS benchmarks or section corners maybe miles away, the surveying and official "reestablishing of corners" with legal recording of that can be several thousand $ - up to $10-20,000 in extremely remote areas requiring helicopter access or working on or around wildlife refuges or such.

And of course, larger plots cost more too - dependant more on number of corners to be located/marked than on acreage unless a very large track or lots of vegetation to clear.

Since both estimates have been in the same range, assuming you did not get the estimates from the two companies using the same surveyor for their field surveys, I would guess you are either looking at a pretty remote site - maybe a cabin or in an undeveloped area, lots of trees they have to cut for line of sight - or you are looking at "reestablishing" corners and official recording of same by a registered land surveyor.

If you want to describe the property better and exactly WHAT the boundary issue is, using the Answer This Question button right below your question, perhaps we can give a better picture for you, or possibly some other alternatives - starting with dispute resolution services with the neighbor to determine WHY there is a dispute and what level of survey will satisy them - and also possibly sharing of costs fo same.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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