FAQ

When Is A Property Survey Needed?

A property survey can be required for a variety of reasons.

Before a title to land is conveyed it is wise to have an up-to-date land survey of the boundaries and acreage.

Before land is subdivided a land survey should be performed in order to assure compliance with city and county subdivision regulations.

Before undertaking improvements (I.E. buildings, fences, etc.) it is a good idea to know the exact location of the boundaries as well as easements or rights of way that may affect the property.

Before trees are to be harvested close to an unknown boundary line.

What determines the cost of a survey?

The size and terrain of the property.

Accessibility to the property and whether it is open or overgrown.

The level of detail of the property description contained in the property deeds.

Existing evidence of boundaries on the property (iron pins, creeks, fences, etc.).

What type of survey do I need?

There are may types of surveys and survey requirements.  We will be happy to discuss what you are undertaking and recommend a type of survey.

What is an elevation certificate?
An elevation certificate is used to determine the elevation around and on a building in relation to the Base Flood Elevation (BFE).  The BFE is the computed elevation to which floodwaters are anticipated to rise during a flood event. The elevation certificate is used primarily by insurance companies to determine the proper flood insurance premiums.
Do I need a elevation certificate?
A flood elevation certificate will help ensure that you get the best flood insurance rate possible for existing homes that require flood insurance as well as new construction in a flood hazard area.
Do I need to be present when the survey is done?
No, we only need access to the property (unlocked gates, etc)
Can I be present during the survey?
Certainly. A face to face discussion about your property before and after the survey is always a good idea.
Should I have my survey (plat) recorded?
It may not be necessary to record a plat.  However, if a plat is recorded, it becomes available to the public as a record of your property boundaries. A recorded plat is more likely to be taken into consideration during survey of properties adjoining your property than a plat that is not recorded.
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