Re: Property Boundary Fence Went Over Our Property
The cost of the survey will depend upon several factors:
- mapping records in the area
- existing survey monumentation
- the description of your property
- terrain on and near the property
- vegetation on and near the property
- other obstacles which may exist
Depending on the factors, plan on several hundred to about $3000. Some areas in the E Bay are relatively easy surveying, others are pretty tough. there is a mixture of newer subdivisions based on recent mapping (easier) and older properties formed from poorly marked surveys and based on older records. When hiring a surveyor, find someone who can explain how some of these factrors might affect your property boundaries. If a particular surveyor you call says something to the effect of "we will lay out the deed description that is in your title report", thank them for their time and call someone else. There are at least a couple of companies who survey that way in your area, but more often than not, determining a boundary location is a good deal more complicated than that. I've seen instances where surveyors operating on the "lay out the description in the title report" model have incorrectly surveyed property boundaries by several feet or more.
Since a survey is considered to be an improvement to your property, it is unlikely that you will be able to get reimbursed for it.
I'm a surveyor, not your surveyor & not an attorney.
Advice is general survey, not legal. Hire a local professional for specific advice.