I totally get it. A new soils report is not cheap. And what sucks is having to get it done up front before anything else gets going, so one might have a little nervousness about what surprises or extra expenses might result from the findings, and what that means for additional building costs. And if one decides not to build based on the findings, one is out a few thousand dollars.I live in SoCal as well and we are stuck on the soils report. My house was built approx 10 years ago so I was able locate the original geologist/company that did all the research for our development.
It has been like pulling teeth trying to get them to complete a report or to even give me a price on doing the report. The idea is that they may be able to complete the report without ever leaving the office which saves me money.
I have called other geologist and they vouch for the company that did our development however they quote me high prices to complete a report since they have no prior knowledge of my area and thats why I am harassing the original geologist to do the report. Just not making any progress and feeling frustrated.