How To Be A Land Surveyor's Favorite Customer

Land surveying is a detailed process, and it's tempting to leave the job entirely to the professional you've hired. There are, however, several things you can do to make life a little easier for your provider of land surveying services.

Try Not to Hassle Them

Especially with projects that are going to take a while, people can be tempted to call surveyors. Sometimes, a surveyor will be too involved with getting things done, and a call can be a real annoyance. If they don't pick up the phone, don't take it the wrong way. They're probably focused on dealing with a specific issue, and they've likely turned the ring and vibrate functions off on their phone.

Ask in advance if there's a particular time of the day when they maintain hours to take calls. This will make it much easier to communicate with them about emerging issues. Make use of email or text messages for smaller problems.

Inquire About Localization

Every land surveying project has to be calibrated to the location. This means that there will be differences between what a surveyor might put together for data from a site versus what an engineer would. The same problem applies when it comes to the equipment being used.

Ask for a write-up on how the project was localized and what equipment was involved. Even if you don't understand the details, they can be passed along to contractors and engineers who'll get it.

Don't Blame the Surveyor

If there is a relevant discrepancy between the data you had going into a project and what you received from the surveyor, assume the surveyor got it right. Unless you have compelling evidence to the contrary, it's wisest to operate under the assumption that the licensed professional gave you the best data. In the worst-case scenario, you'll have to order a new survey from a different company.

Know the Contract

The document is there to protect both you and the surveyor from legal problems. Have a business attorney review the details of the agreement to ensure that your concerns are being addressed.

Give Them Time

A variety of factors can dictate how long it takes to complete a land surveying effort. There is always a trade-off in surveying between time and precision. It's best to not get fussy if a project goes over on time because you'll be rewarded with greater precision in the data you'll collect.