509. Surveyor's standard of care and skill.

509.     Surveyor's standard of care and skill.

A surveyor's duty is to survey the property to the standard of a reasonably competent surveyor exercising due skill, care and diligence and possessing the necessary knowledge and experience1. The extent to which this requires the use of special equipment is a question of fact2.

In the absence of contrary agreement, a surveyor is normally expected to inspect all parts of the property which are visible3, but not to uncover or open up those parts which are not visible4. However, a surveyor whose inspection