Not sure what to do…
SO I need some input from you experts!
I was contacted to do a survey. They requested that I just mark one line of their property and then figure the area for their planned house to be built on. I told the client that I have to do a full survey of the property so I can be confident in the location of the property. Then I can mark the property line as requested. I gave a quote. So the day comes to be able to do this survey and was asked my survey fees. I oblige the request. I arrive on site early to setup the GPS and do some early recon so I have something to start off with. The client shows up and basically wants me to ignore the survey and just mark the line between two found points. I inverse between them and they are close and I tied to the others I found and felt somewhat confident. I informed the client that they are close and they agree to move forward on marking the property line. I ask if they want me to move on with the survey and was told no. Just mark the line and find the area. So I do the work as they requested marking POL’s every 50 foot. Return to office and finish the office part. Something told me something was up, so instead of sending all the remaining information I send the invoice for payment. They agree to meet to get the remaining information and make payment via email.
This is where it gets interesting. Next email they refuse to pay the bill. We bicker back and forth and finally I tell them that I will just remove the stakes I set and forget the bill and move on. They get upset and state that they removed the stakes for me and to not go on the property. SO I go to the property to get my stakes and find that were pulled but that the owner put in their own stakes at the exact same location marked by me and used a different paint color. So I take photos of everything. Return to my office. Still wondering what my options are. I did send a certified letter with a “intent to file a lien”. Haven’t heard a word.
SO… what would you do? Hire a lawyer? What laws were broken? I have my thoughts….
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