Just find the corners!
How many times have you heard, "I don't need a full survey, I just need you to find and flag the corners."?
I've heard that so many times this week. Word is now getting out that my surveying shop is open for business and that's my #1 request. I realize that no one wants to pay for a survey so they come up with the ole "just flag the corners" shtick. I pretty much let them know that me flagging the corners and them paying for it ... is the VERY definition of practicing surveying professionally.
So what do yall tell these people?
Also, what do you tell people when they say that they don't want a map, just the corners marked? I know it's weird, but I get a lot of that also.
what do you tell people
Sorry, state law says I will lose my license...
Tell 'em the survey will be, say, $2500, and without the map it will be $2495.
There is no choice to be recorded or not in California.
I was told by a wise surveyor that sometimes people need to spend 25-30000 dollars to realize that the 2000 dollar survey really, in fact, was a better deal. True Story.
When you receive payment for saying whatever you found is a boundary corner you are certifying that and assuming the liability of that decision.
If you are going to do that it is your decision to prove it to the world or at least yourself and you can charge whatever you want.
It is ethically responsible to charge a fee that is expecting of the nature of your work and in the range of similar work and fees that others charge.
Put on your big boy pants and decide what you want to be known for.