Today I received a request for a proposal for a boundary survey in downtown St. Augustine, Florida. The property, which was approximately 1/2 an acre, was platted back in 1936. It bordered on a state road to the north and a tidal river to the east. Additionally, the client said he was in a hurry to get the survey done and needed it completed in the next few days.
I really spent my time on this one, doing my research to determine exactly how much work would be needed to perform the survey. Eventually I came up to the conclusion of $2,400.
The guy just called and wondered why the hell I was so different than the $350 quote he received. I attempted to explain the research and due dilligence necessary to determine his boundary, but he wasn’t interested in hearing it. We agreed to disagree.
My point in writing this post is two fold. One, I want to convey the following (my personal thoughts to the surveyor who said he would perform the survey for 350 bucks): You are a douchebag. (Ok, I feel better now)
Second, and more importantly, it’s clear that the public has no idea of what we do. I consistently hear more of “I only need four corners staked” comments coming up from the public. How can we educate them on what we do? I hate to say it, but it appears that we are considered more of a necessary evil to them than we are as a professional need.
If any of you have been able to educate the public, please feel free to share your experiences. I could really use the help.
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