What Affects Cost & Time

Type of Survey

Costs may increase as the required precision, detail, and scope of the survey increases.

Size and Shape of Property

Irregularly shaped properties (e.g. properties in a curve or properties having an angles other than 90 degrees) are more difficult to survey than a rectangular properties of the same size.

Title Company Requirements

Title companies may require considerable more documentation than is normally required by the average land owner.

Location of the Property

The location of the property can affect the cost.


A parcel of land that is level is easier to survey than an uneven one.

Neighbor Difficulties

Disputes between neighbors (such as fence disputes or boundary line disputes) can delay the progress of a surveyor's work.


Some properties have areas that are difficult to access with equipment necessary to perform the surveying work.

Record Search

This varies by (a) the number of pieces of land involved; and (b) the number of past transactions. (This step is complicated by the casual manner in which land transactions have been handled in the past, resulting in many vague, incomplete, and often contradictory legal descriptions and land records.) Surveyors do not always have enough information to complete a job and must go to a parish Court House to conduct research.


Branches, brush, and small trees must frequently be cleared to afford a line of sight for the Surveyor. If weeds are too high or the growth in a wooded area is too thick, surveyors must "cut line." - a path so that they can walk along the property lines and take measurements. shrubs, flowers, trees on home sites are normally not disturbed, but may require additional field time to perform work around them.