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By Oleg in San Diego, CA on 9/17/2008


In a construction of a new house, who is usually doing a new house staking - professional surveyor or a footing company.
Don't want to pay twice.
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By Tom in Stroudsburg, PA on 9/17/2008


Generally,  if the lot is well defined and the city or municipal authority don't require a surveyor to mark the lot, just about anyone can do it. Some people leave it to the contractor, some do it themselves. If you choose not to do it you need to have a good idea of the orientation that you want and the elevation that you want exposed. A long steel tape, measure a few stakes and some colored ribbon is all you need... beside the house plan. The excavator operator will be the first on site that needs to know where you're going with your house.
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By Kenneth in Lees Summit, MO on 9/18/2008


I hired a surveyor. I didn't want just the corners staked, I wanted offsets and depth of excavation at each corner marked as well. It also helps if you know the depth of the sewer line you are connecting to, you need adequate slope between your house and the sewer connection and the surveyor can help ensure you get it by including depth of excavation at each corner.


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