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How to Choose a Land Surveyor

how to choose a land surveyor

How to Choose a Land Surveyor

Hiring a land surveyor is sometimes a requirement, and sometimes just a good idea. But no one ever tells you how to choose a Land Surveyor. If you are purchasing real estate, especially vacant land, having a land survey completed is the best way to be sure you are making a good investment. A surveyor can determine where exactly you can build on your land, so that you can avoid encroaching onto your neighbor’s property among other potential issues. If you’ve never used one before, you may be wondering how do you find a good land surveyor in your area?  Below are some tips and ideas:

Ask for Recommendations.

When it comes to choosing a Land Surveyor, personal recommendations can be the most valuable resource. People you trust, who have already experienced the services of a land surveyor, can provide firsthand insights. Here’s how you can get started:

Consult with Real Estate Professionals: Ask your real estate agent, title agency, or even your attorney who they would recommend. These professionals often interact with land surveyors as part of their daily business and can refer you to a reputable and reliable local company.

Talk to Neighbors and Friends: If you know someone who has recently bought property or undertaken construction work, they might have hired a land surveyor. Their experiences can give you a practical perspective on the quality of service.

Contact Local Building Authorities: Sometimes local building or planning authorities have lists of land surveyors they’ve worked with and trust. This can be another avenue to find someone proven and respected in the community.

Use Online Reviews: While personal recommendations are valuable, don’t forget to check online reviews and testimonials. Sites like Google and Yelp can offer unbiased opinions from previous clients. Look for surveyors with consistent positive feedback.

Follow Up with References: If a particular surveyor or company has been recommended to you, don’t hesitate to ask them for references. Speaking to past clients can give you an unfiltered view of their professionalism, timeliness, and quality of work.

Remember, a recommendation is just the starting point. It’s still essential to evaluate the recommended surveyor’s qualifications, experience, and cost to ensure they align with your specific needs and budget.

Check Qualifications.

Because of the skill and complexity involved with land surveying, laws and regulations dictate that this practice can only be done by licensed surveyors. Therefore, you should make sure you are using a licensed land surveyor.  All firms and individuals conducting land survey work in Wyoming must be registered with the state board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors, and licenses can be searched and verified at the state website:

Ask About Project Experience.

Give your surveyor a call and ask if they have worked on a project similar to yours. Ask about the expected cost and timeline for your project. In order to get a detailed cost estimate, you should be prepared to provide details such as location, size of the land, and the type of survey that you will need.

Consider the Value.

Most people will be mostly concerned about cost, which is understandable. However, it is important to choose a surveyor that provides experience, reputation, and reliable service.  Keep in mind that the cost of a land survey may be only a fraction of your entire real estate transaction, so you shouldn’t skimp on cost. In fact, getting a proper survey done may save you money, time, and headaches in the long run.

Our Qualifications.

Make sure you find a reputable land surveyor whose skill and judgment you can trust.  Land Surveying Incorporated has been in business since 1991 and has built our reputation by providing professional, accurate, and reliable services across northeastern Wyoming and beyond.  Our staff includes multiple licensed Professional Land Surveyors, along with fully trained survey crews who will complete your project accurately and efficiently.


Author Info:


Jessica Maycock, GIS Technician. As a GIS technician with Land Surveying Incorporated since 2017, Jessica is responsible for preparing a variety of map deliverables and managing office-wide data through ArcGIS and AutoCAD software. She processes raw survey data and loads it into client-designed geodatabases to meet company data standards. Jessica holds a Master’s Degree in Biology (2006) and has 12 years of previous experience as a wildlife biologist and office manager providing biological consulting services to energy clients in Wyoming.


7 Responses

  1. There really is a surprising amount of factors to consider when choosing a land surveyor. I particularly like that one of the big ones the article brings up is experience. After all, you want the land surveyor you hire to have plenty of experience when it comes to measuring out your property.

  2. I agree, when choosing a land surveyor you will need to check their qualifications. After all, a land surveyor needs a lot of skill and experience. If they have the right qualifications then they probably have the training to get that skill and experience.

  3. Thanks for mentioning how a land surveyor should have a lot of experience. I also like how you said that they should be licensed professional as well. My uncle is looking into land field surveying for a new house.

  4. You’ve got some great tips for choosing a land surveyor. I like how you said that we should ask our real estate agent for recommendations. We’re hoping to get our property surveyed, so I’ll be sure to start asking the professionals we know.

  5. My father wants to buy some rural land, so he may need a land surveyor. I like how you mentioned that he should make sure the surveyor he hires is licensed. Thanks for the wonderful tip for hiring a land surveyor.

  6. Thank you for explaining that you should be ready to share the details such as location, size of land, and the type of survey that you need. My friend just bought some land that she hopes to use for her business, but she wants to make sure that the land is good before she starts building. I’ll be sure to mention this to her so that she can be ready when she starts talking to a few people in the area.

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