How much does a survey cost?

First and most importantly – When asking questions on the topic of what a land survey cost or property survey cost and how a boundary survey or “stake” survey are different – well they’re not! They are all talking about the same thing.

The term “boundary” is the legal term to identify that the boundaries of a property will be marked by locating the property corners. The term “stake” is the layman’s term, as typically there are “stakes” put at the property corners. But they are, in fact, the exact same thing.

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When estimating how much is a land survey going to cost, you will find that the pricing vary by project.  This is due to the amount of time the Land Surveyor will take to complete the boundary survey and lot size. Typical boundary survey crews range from $175 to $250 per hour, depending upon the services being provided. The best way to know how much a survey will cost is to contact a Land Surveyor in your area (like us!)  and get a quote.

The Average rate for our boundary survey cost in St. Louis or St Charles areas are typically between $375 and $600 for ¼ acre lots.

There are many factors that can contribute to the increase of a property line survey cost that you should consider:

  • Lot size. This is probably the biggest contributing factor. The larger a lot is, the more time it takes to survey. The amount of time it takes to survey a quarter acre lot is approximately 2-4 hours. The amount of time it takes to survey a 3 acre lot is approximately 6-8 hours.
  • Vegetation and Growth. If you live in a brand new subdivision and all the lots were cleared when the subdivision was laid out, then vegetation probably isn’t a factor. However, if you live on a 3 acre lot and 2 of the acres are heavily wooded, the time it will take to clear a sight line to get to the back of the property can add several hours to a project.
  • Age of the subdivision. The older a property is, the harder it is to survey. It’s much more difficult to find survey monumentation in an area that 100+ years old vs. a brand new subdivision where all the survey monuments have recently been set. Survey monuments get knocked out and accidently removed over time. The fewer survey monuments, the longer the time it takes to perform the necessary work to determine the property boundaries.
  • Urban or Rural area. This goes back to lot size to some degree. Most urban lots are smaller in size in comparison to rural properties. However, the bigger contributing factor is the ability to find survey records. In a lot of rural scenarios, the large farmland tracts have been in families for generations and frequently are not surveyed. Finding records of past surveys can be very challenging in these areas, which takes time and resources.

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