Frequently Asked Survey Questions
What is a Boundary Survey?
When purchasing land, buyers typically want to know where the boundaries are, the acreage, encroachments if any, and any easements or encumberances on the property in question. In some cases financial institutions require a survey. A surveyors duty is to show an accurate representation of the physical features around the boundary, to research all available documents pertaining to the property, and retrace the boundary lines using all available evidence.
What is Construction Staking?
Construction Staking is the layout of design plans on the ground as an aid for the construction of buildings, roads, pipelines, fences, etc.
What is a Flood Elevation Survey?
A Flood Elevation Survey is usually required by lending institutions when property is located in or near a flood zone. The flood elevation for the area is determined from FEMA mapping, the surveyors duty is to determine the elevation around building areas on the property and to certify whether or not the area in question is under or above the prescribed flood elevation.
What is a Subdivision?
A Subdivision of land has many meanings depending on which town or county you may live in. Each town or county has specific subdivision regulations that have to be satisfied. The Land Surveyor will Contact your local town or county government to obtain these ordinances and insure that requirements are met.
What is a Topographic Survey?
A Topographic Survey, usually refered to as a Topo, is used to depict the elevations of the terrain, any improvements, utilities, and other pertinet information. The Topo is typicaly used to create a site plan for grading and construction. A topo is also used to design the erosion control plan required for grading and construction.
What is an ALTA/ACSM survey?
An American Land Title Association and American Congress on Surveying and Mapping survey is performed when ordered by Title insurance companies or lending institutions. This must be requested in writing with all deeds and easements affecting the property provided to the surveyor. This survey is very detailed and will be performed as outlined in the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Suveys(Feb 23, 2016).
When contacted by a perspective client concerning surveying, the following info is very helpful to the surveyor.
1- Reason for Requesting a survey
2-Location of survey (street address, tax id, deed book and page if known)
3-If there has ever been any boundary disputes that you may know of please inform the surveyor at this time.
4-If there are any survey plats or maps that you may have, they will be helpfull.
5-If any easements exist that you may know of try to remember appx year, reason, and persons involved.
6- Find out how many map copies of the survey and what sizes will be needed by lending institutions or others involved. If mapping is to be recorded in your counties courthouse we will determine the size based on each counties requirements.