When do I need a survey?
- When buying land, to protect the investment you are
about to make.
- When selling land, to insure that you are selling just
that part intended.
- When land is not clearly defined by a plat or a
- Before land is divided by deed, will, or court order.
- When a lending agency requires a survey.
- Before constructing improvements such as fences,
driveways, buildings, etc., near a property line.
- When a parcel is to be conveyed from a larger tract.
- Before timber is to be cut near a boundary line.
- When purchasing title insurance.
- When a property line or corner location is unknown or
- When purchasing flood insurance.
B. How much will a survey cost?
The surveyor should be
able to give you an estimate of the total cost to expect, and a schedule of
rates and charges for office work, travel time, etc. A professional land
survey will likely be the least expensive prart of the total land or project
cost, and a competent survey will cost less in time and money than legal
fees, or moving or relocating buildings or other improvements.
The cost of a survey will be
affected by many factors, such as:
The type of survey,
personnel, and equipment required.
The amount of deed and
record research required.
The number of unknown
The existence of fences,
buildings and other structures.
The type and clarity of
The size and shape of the
area to be surveyed.
The terrain, amount of
vegetation, buildings, fences, season of the year, etc.
Accessibility of the
Disputes about any property
Whether the surveyor has
made other surveys in the area.
C. What services do professional surveyors provide?
Professional surveyors can:
- Examine your deed and those of adjacent
land owners and look for evidence on the ground to see if there are
- Advise whether you actually need a
- Find your property corners and mark
- Mark and paint boundary lines.
- Perform the following types of surveys:
route, boundary, subdivision, court, mortgage inspection, construction,
topographic, hydrographic, etc.
- Locate oil and gas wells, buildings,
fences, rights-of-way, easements, encroachments, and other evidence of
- Advise and cooperate with your
attorney, title insurance company, realtor, broker, banker, engineer, or
- Appear in court as an expert witness.
- Perform work in accordance with United
States surveying laws and practices, state, county, and municipal laws and