I get this call from a woman who wants to cut out ten acres out of 83 acres for her son. I am talking to her trying to get some info, but someone is talking in the background. Turns out it is the son, and he takes the phone. They want an estimate for work, and I try to ask questions, but the son just keeps telling me I only need to survey the two new lines and not to worry about the existing boundary. I don’t have anything in front of me to show me what shape the land is, so I tell them I will call them back in a few minutes.
I kinda got the feeling I didn’t want this job due to the know-it-all attitude of the son. Plus, the mother told me she was just diagnosed with cancer, and here he is yelling at her telling her she was confusing me. Ticked me off from the start.
So I pull up the county gis and see that the shape of the parent parcel is kind of in the shape of a sideways “H”. I think the lot needs to be cut out of one of the corners, and there is a strip included that is about 200′ wide and 900′ long. I figure if the ten acres comes out of that area, I will have to survey at least 6000′ feet of existing boundary in order to cut out the 10 acres.
I called the son back today to better determine where the 10 acres will sit in order to give him the price. He lets me talk for awhile and then interrupts and said someone else gave him a price of $475.
I don’t know who gave him that price. This is down in Dave Ingram land, and I know Dave wouldn’t do it for that. How can I compete against that? Glad I didn’t give the guy my price, he would have told everyone in the county that I was a crook.
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