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    Salish Geo
    He gives me advise but he never asked for anything and he is a good guy. Also, he advised me to go to an attorney that can help me. It was a good experience. I was very surprised because he is very upfront, prompt, responsive, professional and informative.
    - Mary M.
  • A
    Ford Land Surveying Inc
    Took longer than expected due to research needed but Chris was very responsive and thorough. It cost a little more than I initially anticipated but after reading comments regarding other surveyors, I determined that it was well worth it to get the job done right.
    - Kathy T.
  • F
    Crones & Associates Inc
    It went badly, and I regret hiring this company. Their field crew was sloppy and their office crew was dismissive. The first thing that seemed off was that they wanted full payment up front before any work was done. Often, this is the warning of a take-the-money-and-run type of company, and I've not before hired a contractor who wanted this. Because of this, I asked to pay 50% up front and the remainder on the day of the survey, and was told I could. I signed the contract via email, scheduled a date, and was told over the phone that I didn���t need to be at home when the crew came out. The day of the survey (4/25), the two-man crew showed up, parked in my driveway, and never came to say ���Hi, we���re here.��� I���ve had other work done on my house and property where I didn���t need to be home, but those contractors always came and told me they���d arrived. It seems like common courtesy. I had to leave before they were done, and they were gone by the time I got home. There were corner posts around the property which I understood and pink tape pounded flush to the ground in several other spaces which I did not understand. I emailed Elizabeth at the office, my only point of contact so far, to authorize charging the rest of the cost to my card and said I had a few questions and would call about them. She said she couldn���t answer them, and I���d need to wait until Friday (it was Wednesday) for all the info from the survey to be processed and that I should contact John or Jeremy in the office to have technical questions answered. We had a family matter come up and I wasn���t able to do that. The following Wednesday (5/2), I got an email from Elizabeth telling me that there were 3 encroachments and that this needed to be filed with the county for an additional $425 charge and that I would get a final map emailed to me when that was done. She said I needed to call the office to authorize the charge to my card. Along with the email was an attached PDF of the property lines, corners, and encroachments. (Our property has three points along the back property line. One in the SW corner, one in the NW corner, and then an additional one about 1/3 of the way north of the SW corner. It is slightly closer to the house than the other two markers. We suspected this before getting the survey, and it was one of the reasons we wanted the lines marked correctly before building a fence.) I was confused by the list of encroachments and the map in the email. The email said the fence in the NW corner was 0.9 inches (it said inches, not feet) west of the property line. I asked her to clarify which fence was meant because there are two fences in that corner: A wood one that belongs to the NW neighbor and a chain link one belonging to the next door neighbor. She responded that it didn���t matter what the fence was made of or who it belonged to, they needed to file with the county, and then she told me to look up the RCW regarding that. I was taken aback. First, I felt I was being treated like I was trying to get out of paying for or filing the record of survey. I was not. Second, I was trying to figure out the specifics so I knew which fence and which neighbor we were talking about, so what the fence was made of did matter. I found her email rude. Then the bigger problem came up. Her list in the email and the PDF map said that the fence along the back of the property was 4 feet (3.9 to be exact) west of the property line. When I asked for clarification, she said that it was nearly 4 feet inside our property and we could lose that property. She wasn���t paying attention. Our property is east of the property line; the neighbors are west. A fence west of the property line is on their property, not ours. At this point, I was fed up and went out and actually walked the back line. The PDF they sent did not match what the crew had placed. The map also didn���t differentiate between the two different wood fences belonging to two different neighbors, one the NW neighbor and one the W neighbor. Those two fences were treated as one on the map. I measured with a tape measure from the middle corner marker which was only 18 inches from the fence, not 4 feet. I took a photo of the tape measure between the fence and the corner marker showing this. Here is the issue. Their map didn���t match their markers and they were going to file that incorrect paperwork with the county as an official record. On May 6, I emailed the photo and the explanation of how the map didn���t match the markers to Elizabeth. She forwarded it on to Jeremy telling him she���d explained all she could to me and that he needed to "address my issues.��� He replied to me that yes, something did seem off, and they���d need to send a crew back out. He also told me again of the need to file with the county. So we scheduled a day (5/17) for the crew to come back out. I never heard back from them what time that would be. The day before, I emailed both Elizabeth and Jeremy asking after the time. I got no response. I called Jeremy and left a message. I got no response. My husband called Jeremy and left a message. He got no response. Finally, on the morning of, I called the main line and stayed on it until someone actually told me. Jeremy finally got on the phone and said they didn���t know for sure because it would depend on when the crew finished with their morning job. That was fine. All I wanted was some sense of when they were coming. Later that day, I got another call from Jeremy saying he was coming out because the crew couldn���t make it. He showed up with his young son. He noted that the original crew didn���t actually measure the fence. They just plotted NW corner to SW corner, didn���t take the middle corner into account or the fact it was two different fences, and drew a line. Jeremy left. I expected to get an updated email with the correct list of encroachments, a corrected map, and a renewed request for me to authorize the charge to my card now that everything was fixed. I did not. I received no communication of any sort. However, in going through my credit card charges a few days later, I saw that Crones had charged $425 to my card on 5/21. Not only did they not get my authorization to do so, they never let me know they were doing it. I was exhausted from trying to deal with them and getting nowhere, so I let it sit, assuming they would get back to me in a timely manner with the official map. It took over two months to hear anything. On July 26th, Gary from Crones emailed me saying he was attaching my ROS (record of survey). There was no attachment. I emailed Gary back an hour later saying it looked like the attachment had been left off and asking him to resend. No response. I emailed him again 7/31. No response. I emailed again 8/14 and copied Elizabeth and Jeremy. No response. At this point, I have been charged, without my authorization, for a good that has not been delivered and I am getting no response from the company when I point this out. I am done calling them because I want everything in writing. I am frustrated that I have been made to feel like a pest through this whole process when their survey crew did not do their job correctly, their map didn���t match the markers they put down, they wouldn���t respond to me asking when someone was coming to my house, and now that I have been charged for goods not delivered. I don���t know what the map they filed with the county looks like. I never saw the draft, and at this point, I���m concerned I���m going to have to hire a second survey company to come out and redo what Crones did wrong. I���m also wondering if I���ll ever get that map I was charged for. This is all on top of the fact that if I hadn���t pushed back, they would have filed incorrect paperwork with the county.
    - Brad A.
  • A
    MCMAHON LAND SURVEYING
    Very well. I would hire them again. I was working around a neighbor issue that both Dan and Gene handled in a very professional manner. They were on time, well spoken, friendly and worked with my other time commitments. I was lucky to have found them and would recommend them for their services.
    - Kathleen D.
  • A
    BASELINE ENGINEERING, INC.
    We were unable to complete our project so did not hire them. However I found the company to be extremely professional, responsive, and helpful. If we need similar services in the future I will contact them.
    - Jackie S.
  • C
    BASELINE ENGINEERING, INC.
    I was hesitant after reading reviews for Baseline about contacting them for a boundary survey of my 10,000 sq ft residential lot in Tacoma, so that I could erect a fence. I read Baseline's response to the negative reviews and decided to give them the benefit of the doubt because they are located SO CLOSE to my home! Distance was the main argument for the higher expense in one of the reviews.
    I received an email the next day after contacting them. The email consisted of 5 paragraphs and started out very professionally, explaining what the job would entail. When I read the 2nd paragraph, the tone of the conversation immediately changed. It was about the cost and the company's defense how exspensive it would be. At this point I had not even gotten down to the bottom of the email so I hadn't had a clue at what the quote even was. However it was a BIG red flag to me that a service provider would have to provide a defensive explanation about the high cost of the service I had inquired about before even telling me the price.
    As it turns out, the quote was extremely high at $2800. I had contacted 2 other companies much farther away (one in Gig Harbor and one in Kent) who both offered around $1300 for the exact identical service. These services are:
    -Perform a Boundary survery establishing the corners of my parcel.
    -Marking the corners ( Baseline did not say what materials would be used, but the others were to use rebar with caps).
    -Preparing and recording of survey drawing as required by the Washington State Survey Recording Act. (Pierce county recording fees were included in all 3 quotes). 
    All in all, it wasn't a bad experience. They respond quickly within a reasonable time frame, but I will not be using them because of the such high costs.
    - Raymielle J.
  • A
    MCMAHON LAND SURVEYING
    Based on the fact that we were dealing with very old plat and survey documents from the late 1880's, the surveying was very complicated.  Gene researched multiple court records to determine the correct property lines.  We found him to be very professional, personable, thorough, receptive and responsive.  We highly recommend McMahon Land Surveying.
    - Sally Y.
  • A
    Lanktree Land Surveying Inc
    The work was done very professionally, on time, and within budget.  All contact (calls and emails) were very quick and complete responses.  Additionally, Mr. Trevor Lanktree provided assistance answering unexpected questions from the city.  The process went very well and we are very happy with the outcome.  I definitely recommend his services.
    - Edward T.
  • A
    Lanktree Land Surveying Inc
    We haven't hired him for services as we may be able to complete ourselves but if we do we will definitely use him! I called and asked a bunch of questions and he was incredibly helpful and answered a lot of our questions!!
    - Stephanie G.
  • A
    MCMAHON LAND SURVEYING
    Gene was very helpful with providing information to help us with our situation. He referred us to another survey company that had already done work in our area, which would lower the cost for us. We really appreciated his honesty and professionalism.
    - Emily W.
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  • Goldsmith

    1215 114th Ave SE
    Bellevue, Washington
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  • Permit-It, LLC

    PO Box 998
    Washougal, Washington
  • PLS INC

    355 NW Gilman Blvd Ste 201
    Issaquah, Washington