Non-owner wants survey
I have been doing some side work now for about a year and it's been going pretty good. So far though, all of my clients have been the owners of the land they want surveyed. Today, I got a call from a guy who is looking to buy a house and he wants it surveyed before he commits to buying it. I won't lie, I feel a little bit sheepish that I don't know the answer to this, but can he hire me to survey a piece of property he doesn't yet own?
Obviously, I know people get surveys before they buy houses all the time, but I've never actually been involved in that process so I don't know if I need to get the owners permission first or what.
Sure he can, with the owners permission. We only wish that more buyers would do it.
Get a big retainer. You don’t want to be in a position of not getting paid if the results of the survey are negative.
Thanks. That is kind of what I figured. I guess I'll send him a quote and a permission slip. Anybody got any good examples?
I'd lay that getting permission part on the client. Now, in Oregon, there is a statutory procedure to be followed before entering any non-public land. So that would be different. But I should think that the buyer getting a survey is all part of the land deal, and the owner is well aware of it already.
No way would I bet my safety on someone else getting permission, not to mention my livelihood (right of entry notice) or freedom (criminal trespass)