head Calvada Surveying, Inc: 3 Things to Keep in Mind before Conducting a Residential Land Survey

Friday, 6 November 2015

3 Things to Keep in Mind before Conducting a Residential Land Survey

A residential land survey locates, describes maps, and monuments the corners and boundaries of a parcel of residential land. The process may also involve the mapping of the parcel’s topography and the locations improvements. Do you need residential land surveying services? Here are four things to remember to make your search easy and effective:

1. Where to find a reputable surveyor:

Go online, where reputable survey companies are properly listed. Some municipal governments can provide a list of licensed professionals, too. You might also be able to get referrals from the abstractors or realtors you are working with. Do not base your decision on costs or fees alone. You want a surveyor with reputation, availability, and experience.

2. What you need to provide your surveyor:

The surveying company you choose to retail will need a copy of your deed. If this is not available, provide them at least with a legal description of the property. Do you have copies of previous surveys or your abstract? Do you have information on the location of corner monuments? These documents may also be helpful.

3. Getting the right types of survey:

Explain to the survey company why you need the survey so that they can advise you on standards and the best type of survey.

• Boundary surveys determine the limits of your property.
• Topographic surveys are for construction projects where improvements, utilities, and elevations have to be located.
• Land title surveys are usually needed if you are securing a loan on your property. They are the most extensive. They provide information about easements and encroachments to the lender, the buyer, and the title company.

4. Understanding the costs:

Most professional residential land surveyors will charge you by the hour. The actual cost may depend on factors such as the survey type and equipment required, the availability of controlling survey monuments and records, the type of terrain, and even the company’s familiarity with the area. Due to these many variables, it’s hard to determine a ‘flat rate’ fee. To reduce misunderstandings or disagreements, professional land surveyors typically require you to sign a contract that details the services included, a completion date, and a payment schedule.

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