A boundary survey for your Philippine lot or property. How much should it cost? It’s not unusual to have an already surveyed subdivision lot resurveyed. Some subdivisions have permanent boundary monuments. Our lot is technically in a subdivision, but really is just a patch in an larger farm field. There were no monuments, although the lot had been surveyed previously. We asked that the seller resurvey the lot and set boundary monuments before we proceeded with the purchase. The seller did so. There were no problems. The surveyor set those prefabricated concrete monuments which are sold at building material stores. They are about 5″ in diameter and about 2′ long.
It took a while before we built our fence. Our property is low-lying and gets pretty wet and muddy during the rainy season. By the time we were ready to start with the fence, the monuments had been scattered.
So we had to have it surveyed again and the monuments anchored in concrete rather than just stuck in the dirt. The cost for this was less than P5,000.
The photo above is of a boundary marker (and a bamboo flag) of a survey completed on a neighboring property as it appears about two weeks after the survey was completed. It has already come out of the ground and will be moved by animals, humans (kid variety) etc. and the work of the survey lost. That’s what happened to us. As far as we could see, the surveyors did not use the below grade metal monuments as used in the U.S. The advantage of the metal rods or pipes is that they are hard to disturb and can be relocated using a metal detector.
Of course the monuments have to be displaced again when the excavation for the fence is done. Before they moved the monuments, the workers put up batter-boards and used galvanized tie wire to mark the boundary lines during the fence construction. During construction, we had a huge storm which collapsed some of the trenches and generally made a mess of the project. One of the neighboring property owners came by and asked us to be sure that our fence was not off by even a millimeter. I was so worried that I asked the surveyor to come back to recheck the fence but he was tired of surveying the property!
This photo shows how batter boards and a wire guide line were used to ensure that the wall was built precisely on the property line. The batter board and line were installed before the monuments were removed. The monuments had to be removed to allow the corner fence posts to be formed up and poured.