Consider the following questions to better assist the surveyor in giving you a quicker, more accurate estimate before meeting you at the property:
Does a bank or mortgage company need it for closing?
Does your Home Owner’s Association (HOA) need it because you are constructing a fence or shed on your property?
Are you building a fence around your property and need to know your property lines so you don’t encroach on your neighbor?
Are you and your neighbors arguing or just unsure of your common boundary line?
Are you wanting to divide your property to sell or give to family?
Are you working with an Architect or Contractor who needs a survey to show all the buildings, sheds, driveways, utilities, fences, trees, etc., and/or the contours of your property for design purposes?
Is the bank requesting a Flood Elevation Certificate to determine if you are in a Flood Zone?
Lot Survey (Mortgage Certificate/Closing Survey)
Boundary Survey to locate or reset your property corners
Property Line Staking to show your property line as it actually runs along the ground
Boundary Survey – Land Division to divide your property
Topographic Survey for road design, drainage, construction, etc.
Flood Elevation Certificate for Flood Zone determination
In what County and City are you located?
Are you in a Subdivision?
Are you in a rural area?
Do you have any previous surveys of the property?
What are the current field conditions and season or time of year?
What is the size and shape of the property
Are there woods on the property, and if so, is it thickly wooded or thin?
Is it a standard subdivision lot, and is it more or less than 1 acre?
Is the property 1-3 acres, 3-5 acres, 5-10 acres, 10-20 acres, or 20+ acres?
Request or discuss qualifications with potential consulting firms. Do not discuss price or fee for the project at this time. Project goals, scope and other non-fee related items are acceptable to discuss with multiple consultants prior to obtaining a fee. (See “What qualifications should I base my selection on?” and “How do I determine the qualifications of a land surveying firm?”)
Evaluate and choose a consultant that best meets your qualification criteria.
Engage in contracting with the selected consultant to include obtaining a fee and negotiating fee if necessary. If you are unable to negotiate a reasonable and acceptable fee, you may then negotiate with the next most qualified firm, so on and so forth. (See “How does Clinkscales Land Surveying, LLC engage in fee negotiations?”)
State of Alabama Administrative Code, Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 330-X-14, last amended January 2011:
330-X-14-.05 Practice. (Canon IV) The engineer or land surveyor shall endeavor to build a practice and professional reputation on the merit of his or her services as follows:
(f) The engineer or land surveyor shall not participate in procurement practices (bid submittals) which do not first determine the qualifications of the engineer or land surveyor prior to entering into fee negotiations for services being sought. An engineer or land surveyor having submitted a statement of qualification and performance data, and having first been judged as the qualified individual or firm to provide the services required for the proposed project, may proceed to negotiate a contract with a client and establish compensation or fees for the required services.
Should the engineer or land surveyor be unable to negotiate a satisfactory contract with the client for any reason, the engineer or land surveyor shall withdraw from further consideration for the engineering or land surveying services. Another engineer or land surveyor may then be selected for negotiations of a contract for the services on the stated project.
330-X-14-.06 Ethics. (Canon V) The engineer or land surveyor shall contribute to the maintenance, integrity, independence and competency of the engineering or land surveying profession as follows:
(a) The engineer or land surveyor shall not:
14. Participate in procurement procedures for engineering or land surveying services either by providing bids or in requesting bids from other professional engineers or land surveyors where bidding is the primary consideration.
State of Alabama Law Regulating Practice of Engineering and Land Surveying, Code of Alabama 1975, Title 34, Chapter 11, Last Amended – August 1, 2009)
Effective January 1, 2017RULE NO. 1.02 DEFINITIONS
For a complete copy of the Standards of Practice for Surveying in the State of Alabama, please visit http://www.aspls.org/standards.