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Old 07-21-2022, 10:40 AM   #1
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Are these hourly rates in line?
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Old 07-21-2022, 11:42 AM   #2
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Never seen it done on an hourly rate. I have always paid by the job. Just had 2 surveys done this year on my place. 2 acres surveyed out of 40 was $1950. Had a 5ac section done a a month later at it was $2350.


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Old 07-21-2022, 11:44 AM   #3
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Never seen it done on an hourly rate. I have always paid by the job. Just had 2 surveys done this year on my place. 2 acres surveyed out of 40 was $1950. Had a 5ac section done a a month later at it was $2350.


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^^^ It's usually priced by the job. I've had a bunch of surveys done and never seen it by the hour like that.
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Old 07-21-2022, 11:46 AM   #4
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I dont have the hourly rates but we just had a 17 acre survey conducted and it cost $4,500 in the Seguin area.

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Old 07-21-2022, 11:50 AM   #5
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I dont know what the market is like there, but our rates are significantly above those.


Is there a guaranteed not to exceed final total or only hourly? Sometimes the hourly charges come out better for the client, because we have to account for "unknowns" when giving a flat fee.

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Old 07-21-2022, 12:20 PM   #6
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Never heard of hourly but had 5 acres done 3 weeks ago for $2,000.
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Old 07-21-2022, 01:09 PM   #7
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I had to have my 10 acres surveyed when we had the house built and all 4 corner pins were still there from when we bought it a year earlier a d it still cost me 1800
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Old 07-21-2022, 03:53 PM   #8
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Love to see your survey. That’s a lot of hours.
My guys used old surveys and field work was done in less than a day recently. Forgot the breakdown costs.

https://land-surveyors.promatcher.com/cost/texas.aspx
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Old 07-21-2022, 04:52 PM   #9
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I just had 8 acres done at around 4000$ total
8 separate surveys for each acre site
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Old 07-21-2022, 05:22 PM   #10
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OP, yes, I'd those are very fair rates if the timeline is reasonable.

It's popular to hate on the cost of surveys, but no one blinks at paying outrageous amounts on land at the moment, or paying a realtor their cut, or paying $15k a mile for high fence (its a lot more money to move said fence).

Median age for registered land surveyors passed 60 years old this year, its a high demand job presently. Just like anything else, as pointed out in the fence building thread, its not easy to find good help without paying them what they are worth. Plus $4/gallon gas, survey grade GPS units aren't cheap, insurance, overhead, etc. it adds up constantly.
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Old 07-21-2022, 05:24 PM   #11
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Typically we bid them on a job/sum basis rather than hourly like others have said. I have been asked for a rate schedule in the past and I'm happy to provide them to my clients when requested to how we came to our bid amount, etc.
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Old 07-21-2022, 05:38 PM   #12
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[QUOTE=Cardinal

Median age for registered land surveyors passed 60 years old this year, its a high demand job presently. Just like anything else, as pointed out in the fence building thread, its not easy to find good help without paying them what they are worth. Plus $4/gallon gas, survey grade GPS units aren't cheap, insurance, overhead, etc. it adds up constantly.[/QUOTE]

^^^That.

Add in abstracting, analyzation, possible multiple trips to the site and drafting once all of that is done just to add a few things.

Most people would be surprised to see what it takes to accurately perform a survey, even on a residential lot that resides within a recorded plat. Start talking about acreage, costs are going to increase.

Finding alleged original pins and measuring off fences doesnít mean a thing to someone thatís taking 6 figure, or more, liability.
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Old 07-21-2022, 05:59 PM   #13
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Add in abstracting, analyzation, possible multiple trips to the site and drafting once all of that is done just to add a few things.

Most people would be surprised to see what it takes to accurately perform a survey, even on a residential lot that resides within a recorded plat. Start talking about acreage, costs are going to increase.

Finding alleged original pins and measuring off fences doesnít mean a thing to someone thatís taking 6 figure, or more, liability.
Yes, thank you. There is so much that goes on besides finding the iron pins in the ground. Its a profession in the state of Texas for a reason, and with rising costs of real estate its going to become more and more a necessity for good surveys to be made.
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Old 07-21-2022, 06:07 PM   #14
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My wife and her brother have to have their parents place done since they have passed and each get a half of the 15 acre estate. They have been quoted around $4500.
I thought that was a bit too much just for 15 acres. But what do I know!!!
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Old 07-21-2022, 06:51 PM   #15
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Are these hourly rates in line?

Yes the rates are good, and honestly low. The hours are hard to say without knowing what they are working on.


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Old 07-21-2022, 08:40 PM   #16
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Either I got heck of a deal in 2019 or prices have gone up dramatically
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Old 07-22-2022, 10:42 PM   #17
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Burleson County, end of 2020. Had 6ac surveyed and 3/4 mile easement combined was right at $3300.
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Old 07-23-2022, 06:27 PM   #18
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Just had one done and it was by the job
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