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Looking for recommendations for reasonably priced but respected
surveyors. Property is in Kensington. Property is about 5,000
Thank you in advance
Our architect recommended Andres Deak (''Deek'') (510) 865-4289
when we needed a survey in order to apply for a variance in
Oakland. I didn't shop around, so I can't tell you whether he's
reasonably priced or not.
We used Andreas Deak to survey our property lines earlier this
year. He was polite, prompt, and was able to fit us in quickly.
We needed super fast service to get through an inspection and he
was so helpful in our pinch.
He was also MUCH MORE reasonably priced than any of the other
surveyors I phoned. I got 4 quotes and his was by far the best
price. Since we were already spending so much money on
construction and city fees this was important.
his number: 510-865-4289
Dear Folks- I have used Andreas Deak with great satisfaction. He
is excellent but not expensive- the little secret of many local
realtors. He really knows the issues of these old houses and
wierd lot lines!
Our neighbors would like to replace an existing fence and we
would like to make one continuing fence down that same side, but
are not sure about the property line. Can anyone recommend a
surveying company/person? Also, what is the current rate for a
surveyor? I've been told in the past, it can cost $2-$3,000. Is
We had a property survey done in March by Andreas (Andrew)
Deak. My husband met him while he was doing another survey in
our neighborhood, and we had also seen a couple older positive
reviews in BPN. He did a great job, and the whole cost was only
about $600 to survey our entire property. He's in Alameda, and
you can reach him at (510) 865-4289.
It is true that there are few surveyors who will do limited
services inexpensively. Andreas Deak is the only one I know of,
but am not sure he will take a cold call from a stranger. He is
always very busy. You will have to be patient to fit into his
schedule. His phone is 865-4289.
The best resource for finding a Surveyor is the California Land Surveyors Association - there you will find qualified professionals for your survey needs.
Remember to get a contract (it's required by law) stating the price and the scope of services offered.
Make sure they are insured, especially Work man's Comp so that you are not liable for their employees while they are on your property.
Professional Land Surveyor
Our town is requiring we get a Flood Elevation Certificate from
a land surveyor before we can proceed with our kitchen
remodel. I have called four land surveyors and none want the
job---apparently it is a lot of paperwork. One said the cost
(b/t 1500-2k) was not worth the time. I have no idea what is
involved, but this is holding up our project so I would really
like to find a surveyor who can do this for us. Anyone have
any recommendations? We live in Marin.
This is a very specialized kind of topographic survey. In fact, I've
never heard of this
as a local requirement, but in Marin County...anything goes. I'd
suggest calling Jeff
Haltiner at Phillip Williams and Associates. He maybe can recommend a
firm or two
who are highly experienced in this sort of work. Another possible
recommended surveyor is Wetlands Research Associates.
I've used Moran Engineering (Jeffrey Black, 510-848-1930) several
times and got
great service. This time of year, I suspect that there will be a
We are just beginning the process of planning an addition to our
house (adding a family room, bath, and remodeling the existing
kitchen), or at least, exploring whether such an addition is
feasible for us. We have been told that the first step before
going to an architect is having a survey of our property done (or
is it called a site plan?) Does anyone have recommendations of
local surveyors? What does something like this cost? Thanks
We are mid-construction on a small addition to our home. Having
just gone through the planning process from start to finish, I
would start by talking to an architect. They should research the
codes for your area to determine what the setback requirements
are (how far from your neighbor's house or the curb you need to
be). Depending on what you are trying to do, the city planning
dept. may request that you do a survey. We didn't have to. If
you have the time, you can go down to the planning dept. and look
at the monument map for your property. This will tell you the
exact dimensions of your property and how far from the curb your
line is. But, as a first step, I would talk to an architect or
My general contractor hubbie says go straight to the city
planning dept. A survey will cost $1-3K, and it might not be
necessary if setbacks and property lines are pretty clear. City
Planning can tell you if a survey is necessary.
You will need a survey if you are adding on to your house. But I
don't think you need one *before* you go to an architect. We are
in the process of adding on to our house, and it was our
architect who told us to get the survey and recommended the
company he uses a lot. They were horrible about getting back to
us when we called, but then the architect called and gave them
hell, after which we got great service. So, I won't heartily
recommend our surveyors (Gilbert Fitch & Associates), but I would
recommend working through your architect with one. It came in
handy to have that back up. As for price, ours was around $3,300.
I don't know whether the size of the lot affects the price, but
we have a one-third acre lot.
In the end, I wouldn't shell out the money until you know for
sure that you are going forward with the addition and are already
working with an architect.
Can anyone recommend a licensed,
reasonably-priced surveyor? We recently bought a home and
want to know the where the property lines are. Thanks.
While working in an architects office I worked with Andreas
Deak (510) 865-4289 for lot surveying and found him careful
We live on a piece of property that is surrounded by empty
lots. We'd like to do some landscaping but there are so
many different markers on our property that we are not sure
where our property lines really are. We contacted a
surveying company and they want $3500 to come survey the
lot and set markers. My questions are, do we need a
surveying company to determine our lot lines? If so, is
$3500 a reasonable fee for this service?
Yes, you need a surveyor if you want to accurately
determine the property lines. That's what surveyors do!
And the price you were quoted sounds very reasonable to me,
though I admit my experience hiring surveyors is mostly
with respect to commercial properties. You will get the
best price if you can find someone who has surveyed your
property, or the neighboring property, previously, so it
would be worth your while to figure out who placed the
stakes and markings that you say are already there.
If, however, you want to avoid the cost of the survey
altogether, you may be able to simply come to an informal
agreement with the owners of the neighboring property. Or,
if you don't know who owns the other property, you could
use your own best guess and landscape as you like. You
would just be taking a risk that the neighbors will later
make you tear out your work if it turns out you've
encroached; this would most likely happen if and when the
other property is developed. Therefore, if you go that
route, I would suggest putting only relatively transient
stuff (flowers, grass) rather than planting large trees or
building decks in areas where you have any doubt.
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