Back in April, I contacted a surveyor and asked him to come mark the corners of my property. Since it is a corner lot, there are really only three corners and two lines to mark. He charges a minimum of two hours at a rate of $75 per hour for such jobs. I figured that he never showed, since I never received a bill, and I never saw evidence of the corners being marked.
Some time later, I did notice that the back line was marked, but there was nothing marking the other line or front corner. I dismissed it as something that my neighbor had requested, and wrote the dude off as just another asshole who didn’t want my money.
Last week, I got a “second notice” bill from the guy. I was a bit miffed, since not only had I never received a “first notice”, but the work was never done – at least not completely. I wrote a letter back, informing him that I would be happy to pay his invoice as soon as he completed the work described therein. I also included a rough sketch of my lot, on which I indicated what was and what wasn’t marked.
This morning when I got home from work, I noticed that the ribbons marking the upper line appeared new. I guess he got my letter. I walked down to the front corner, and miracle of miracles, there was a stake in the ground with a ribbon on it. I know that none was there before, because I would have seen it while mowing, which I have done several times since April. It is down a steep, rocky bank, so I know that the local kids didn’t fuck with it.
I put a check in the mail fifteen minutes later.