Lenz & Associates, Inc.

How much will a survey cost?

Lenz & Associates calculates cost based on the anticipated difficulty of and estimated time needed to complete the project. Often the surveyor cannot predict the amount of work required to recover the necessary evidence. The time required to obtain field measurement and make boundary determination depends on the availability and proximity of the discovered evidence. Lenz & Associates will give you a cost based upon an hourly rate, experience with similar jobs, and a general knowledge of the area.

Why are some surveyors less expensive than other?

Overhead cost such as professional liability insurance, worker compensation, general liability, rent, payroll, taxes, supplies, company vehicles, equipment, etc. is a factor in rate discrepancies between companies.

Choosing a surveyor who is familiar with your locality is very important. In many cases, a local surveyor may have performed work in the area and will be able to provide information not available through other sources. You want to make sure that your surveyor is completely insured. Ask for a certificate of insurance, and a client reference list.

Why was my recent survey performed differently than my older survey?

Discrepancies between surveys can usually be attributed to two reasons. The first reason is that measurement, by its nature, is subject to error. For example: one person can count one hundred beans and get the same number as someone else counting a hundred beans. However, if two people measure a cup of beans, it is likely they will have different number of beans. Two surveyors measuring the same line may obtain different values. Both of the values should be similar, but they will only approach the true theoretical value through repetition and statistical analysis.

The second reason is that measurements are made from, and decisions are based on found evidence. Surveys performed at different times many not have the same evidence available. The more recent survey may have the benefits of monuments set after the prior survey. And previously existing monuments used from the prior survey may have been obliterated. As the available evidence changes, the findings of the surveyor will also change.

I only need to find one property corner. Why do you need to do a whole survey?

By law we are required to check the location of the property corners with other corners. The surveyor may be held responsible for the other property corners, even though he or she did not locate them.

Can I use the survey the seller received when he closed on the property?

The lender decides whether or not to accept the old survey. If there have been any improvements made to the property, e.g. fences, pool, buildings, or other permanent structures, the lender will require a new or updated survey

What are the advantages to obtaining a new survey?

A new survey will determine encroachments that are not reflected on the old survey. For example, if a fence was replaced sometime after the previous survey, but it was not placed in the correct location. The new survey would reflect this encroachment.

It is also possible that a new easement was created after the last survey and now you need to know where it is and how it affects your property. These are just a couple of examples of issues that may warrant a new survey.

What is a topographic survey?

A topographic survey illustrates locations of elevations, contours, and features on your property. A topographic survey  is performed to determine the slope of your property for drainage runoff, designing a structure, or adding on to an existing structure.

Lenz & Associates, Inc.

4303 Russell Drive
Austin, Texas 78704
Fax: 512.443.1550
FIRM No. 100290-00.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Service Area

Austin, Texas and surrounding areas
Licensed, Insured