Porter's Survey, P.C.
Onaway, MI
Most Frequently Asked
Surveying Questions 
Here are some of the common questions that our clients have asked.
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1. Why Do I Need A Boundary Survey?

2. What do I need to provide you to get a survey quote?

3. How much does a survey cost and what factors go into a survey quote?

4. How soon can I get my survey done?

5. Can I meet you during the survey?

6. Can we meet onsite before the survey?

7. Why does my 10, 20, 40, 80 acres being described fractionally Etc. survey actually turn out to be either larger or smaller?

8. What does it mean when you say you have to do section work?

9. What do you mean when you say you have to tie into control?

10. I received a price for a survey from your office, is it a fixed or estimated price?

11. What do you do when I order a survey?

12. What are the different types of surveys and what are they used for?

13. What does the Spike or Stake with a nail on top in my yard represent?

14. Why do you require a copy of
the Deed or Title work over an easily obtainable Tax Description?

15. I am getting a survey done, but the Surveyor seems to be everywhere but on my property, why?

16. I found a pipe in my yard, why can’t you just use that to survey my property?

17. I know where my corner/corners are, why can’t you just come out tell me they are correct without doing any survey work?

18. Why does my surveyed line lengths differ from that of my description or original subdivision/plat drawing?


19.  I have survey work outside the State of Michigan, can you do it?


20. I got an estimate from several licensed surveyors, most are very similar within a few hundred dollars, but one is much higher/lower than the rest. Why is that?