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Trying to find a quality Northern Michigan land surveyor?

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You can look online, by typing in the area or town nearby and the words “land surveyor” into your browser, for example phrases like “Benzie land surveyor”, “Leelanau land surveyor” or “Manistee land surveyor” would provide you with a list of options for those Northern Michigan towns. You can also ask for a referral from your title company or a law office in the Traverse City area that handles real estate.

Look for Local Knowledge

It’s a good idea to work with a surveyor that is familiar with the Traverse City area and comfortable with its unique challenges. If you are purchasing a very specialized property you may want to ensure that your surveyor has experience working with these properties.


Just as with any professional, years of Traverse City land surveyor experience can allow for additional insights, precision and comfort working under a variety of different circumstances. Ask any Northern Michigan surveyor you are considering how many years of experience they have.

Ask for Details

Ask for Grand Traverse land surveyor examples and details as to what the survey will provide. You want to ensure that both parties understand and agree to what is expected. Also, as with any contract you should read it before signing.

Talk about Deadlines

If you have a deadline make sure to share this with your surveyor early and find out if they are able to complete the project by the proposed date.


It’s not necessary but if you have any previous surveys, the purchase agreement and knowledge of any items that may have been removed on the property that can be helpful.


Ensure that the individual you hire is a licensed professional surveyor in the state of Michigan and has kept up on their continuing education courses. Ask to see a copy of their license.

Professional Affiliations

Ask the surveyor if they have any professional affiliations. There are several accredited surveyor societies including the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) and the Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS). Active participation in these organizations helps professionals stay up to date on new legislation and technology.