Choosing the Right Home Surveyor

When purchasing a home, you may need or want to have a survey conducted of the proposed property. You may be given a list of names of surveyors who can do the job. You don’t want to randomly select a name, hoping it will be the right one. You should make sure you know what and who you are getting when looking for a home surveyor.

The Kind of Survey You Need

Most people buying a home will need a homebuyer’s report that provides some information about the structure. A person purchasing land will need a land survey to determine the boundaries of the property and other details.

If you are concerned about whether your neighbor’s buildings or fences are encroaching on your future property, you will need a survey that shows you that information. If you are not sure of the type of survey you are requesting, you can tell a land surveyor what information you need, and they will be able to tell you the kind of survey that provides it.

Consider Local Knowledge

Hiring a surveyor who is familiar with the area is a good idea. They will be able to tell you about the location and any regulations you may have to deal with. They will not only be able to provide information about your property but about the entire area.

Ask about the surveyor’s experience, especially if you are purchasing an unusual property or building. They can alert you to potential problems and will understand the type of construction or other information better than someone who is not familiar with it.


While price should not be the only consideration when choosing a land surveyor, it is a part of your decision. Compare prices between multiple surveyors, but don’t focus on hiring the cheapest company. Find out what information they are providing to ensure you won’t have to pay for a second survey. You can also determine the going rate based on what other surveyors are charging to determine if the price is reasonable.

Ask Questions

Find out ahead of time what information you will receive from the survey. Clarify before the survey if there is specific information you are looking for. You don’t want to find out after the fact that the surveyor didn’t address the old shed that is on the border of your proposed property when you wanted to know how close your boundary line was to it.

Ask about timeframes as to when the survey will be conducted and when you will have the report. You want to make sure the surveyor can meet your deadlines so that you don’t delay a purchase or the start of a project.

Hiring a surveyor doesn’t have to be complicated if you know what kind of survey you need. Ask for recommendations to ensure you find someone with a quality reputation. Surveys are too valuable to just take a guess at who you will use to get the information you need. Hire a professional with a solid background and you won’t regret it.

Dustin Miller is the president of Milltek Surveys Limited. His firm offers residential and commercial land surveying services in Moose Jaw, Alberta and Saskatchewan. To ensure that you have the most accurate land survey, please visit