A boundary survey is a procedure by which a land surveyor establishes or retraces the lines and corners of a parcel of land. Corner monuments, improvements, right of ways, encroachments, and evidence of possession along the boundary lines are located in the field and carefully analyzed by the surveyor.
All available evidence found in record documents and in the field is then used to create a detailed map (plat) based on the surveyor’s professional opinion. Missing corners of record are replaced, reset or established and noted on the plat. As property values continue to rise, accurate surveys and written records are increasingly important.
PROPERTY LINE MARKING
Landowners are highly encouraged to protect their property by marking and identifying their property lines. On large tracts of land, especially forested land, having clearly marked boundaries is the best way to maintain control over your property, avoid conflicts, prevent encroachment, and saves you unnecessary cost. Not only do large tracts of land need to be marked, but small residential lots where you are installing a fence are just as important.
The cost of a land surveyor to recover and mark your lot lines is a fraction of what the cost of most fencing companies charge to install the fence. Elevation Surveying is here to help our clients protect their boundaries by marking and identifying their property lines.
An ALTA Survey shows the boundaries of the property, the location of improvements on the subject property, including any and all structures, fences, utility lines, roads, etc., along with the location of any/all easements. This is one of the most detailed surveys available, often at a greater cost than other survey types, and while it’s not mandated for every land purchase, there are certainly times when you should consider paying the extra money for an ALTA survey. Below are a few instances in which this type of survey is either required or recommended.
When buying or selling commercial real estate
When buying a piece of vacant land
Whenever you want more information about a piece of land you own or plan to buy
CONSTRUCTION SURVEY STAKING
Before breaking ground on a project, staking out the location of proposed structures or improvements on a property is essential. Elevation Surveying can perform construction staking and site layout to interpret construction plans and mark out reference points prior to starting your project.
A subdivision survey is a process of dividing a tract of land into smaller parcels. Whether it is for development or family members, Elevation Surveying will work with municipalities and counties to ensure the subdivision conforms to regulations and ordinances, such as minimum lot size and road frontage.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is responsible for providing floodplain management and mapping. The surveyor’s role is providing accurate elevations to dictate a floodplain on a property. If you believe the property lies within an area affected by a floodplain, then certain measures must be taken before purchasing or building on the property. Elevation Surveying is certified to provide elevation certificates for your property.
A topographic survey is a highly detailed depiction of the property of any natural site features or man-made improvements. This type of survey is typically used by architects and engineers in the planning and design phases of projects.