These are a few of the frequently asked questions that we get about surveying in North Carolina. Although each survey has specific components based upon what and why something is being surveyed, we hope this will help to answer your general questions about surveying in North Carolina. Please contact Smoky Mountain Land Surveying us if you need specific answers for your surveying needs. Thank you.
How do I choose a surveyor?
Just like you do any other professional or tradesman. You hire based on their experience and the experience of their technicians, their work ethic and the work ethic of their technicians, their qualifications and their years in business. You hire based on recommendations from others. You hire someone you trust, someone you feel is giving you the information you need and someone you feel wants your work and is willing to work with you. You hire someone who enjoys their work and is proud of the work they perform.
How much does a survey cost?
This may be the most common first question people ask when calling about a survey. If one considers all the work, education and experience that goes into producing an accurate survey, this is probably the last question they should ask. Either you need a survey or you don’t, and if you do, one of the last things you want to do is base your decision solely on who provides the lowest price.
Regardless of what most people think, not all surveyors provide the exact same quality of service.
Should I have my property surveyed?
Parts of this question have been discussed above but I usually give people the short answer when asked this question. You need a survey if: 1) You are concerned about where your property lines are, or 2) Your bank is concerned about where your property lines are. There are of course many other reasons for surveying but most of them have their roots in these two.
Are there different types of surveys?
Yes, there are many different types of surveys. If you are a residential homeowner, your survey may be different from a survey needed by a commercial contractor or a government agency. You can learn what type of survey may best fit your needs by reading about our surveying services in Western North Carolina.
Do you use GPS equipment? Can’t you just use your GPS equipment to find my corners?
Yes and maybe no. We have the ability to use our GPS receivers both in a base-rover or standalone rover configuration. The one unit will work independently if there is cell phone coverage in your area while the other system is used if no cell coverage is available or if the project site is remotely located from a N.C. Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS).
How long is a survey good for?
The survey is good as long as someone will accept it as the truth. That may not sound like a good answer but it is. As long as the subject property is intact, with no additions to it or parcels carved from it, the survey remains an accurate representation of your property boundaries.
What do I get when a survey is completed?
The end product of a boundary survey is just a piece of paper, right? That’s one way of looking at it and if you have this opinion, you may be disappointed that you chose to have your property boundaries surveyed.