1 . When Is A Survey Needed Or Recommended?
2 . How Much Will A Survey Cost?
3 . What Should I Receive From A Survey?
4 . Helpful Hints When Obtaining A Survey


When Is A Survey Needed Or Recommended?

  • When land is bought or sold, particularly when the purchase price is based on the number of acres. A survey may be required by lending institutions when mortgaging a property.
  • When land is subdivided into small lots or large tracts of land.
  • When fences, building additions, or swimming pools are to be constructed near property lines.
  • When the timber is to be cut on property.
  • When a line or corner is in question or dispute, or when someone may be encroaching or occupying your land.
  • When an easement or right-of-way needs to be established or described.

How Much Will My Survey Cost?

There are many factors a surveyor must consider when providing an estimate for a survey such as:

  • The purpose of the survey and its intended use.
  • The size of the property and the number of corners and lines that will have to be resolved.
  • The deed research required for the subject tract and all adjoining tracts.
  • The availability of reliable corners, reference points, or recent surveys.
  • Are the descriptions of the property vague? Are there disputed areas?
  • The type of terrain and vegetation. How accessible is the property? What type of equipment can be used?
  • Do the lines between corner monuments need to be marked or painted?
  • The number of hours required to complete all deed research, field work, office calculations, and plat drafting.

What Should I Receive From A Survey?

  • When a survey is ordered, the surveyor should provide a written proposal that will contain, as a minimum, the general scope of the survey, the cost of the survey (either estimate or lump sum fee), and the scheduled date for completion of the survey.
  • Upon completion of the survey, all corners should be clearly marked with permanent monuments, either found in place, or set. If you need additional markings placed on the property line, let the surveyor know at the time of ordering the survey.
  • Paper copies of the survey plat showing all information required by the standards of practice for the state in which the property is located, and all information required by any other requirements, if applicable (i.e. ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys).
  • Easements of record, encroachments, adverse use, or other visible and apparent physical matters affecting the use of the property should be shown or noted on the plat
  • A property description of the property sufficient for recording in a deed of conveyance.
  • An invoice for the survey.

Helpful Hints When Obtaining A Survey

  • Don't mistake preliminary traverse lines for property lines. When your property is surveyed, not every piece of flagging represents where the surveyor has determined your line to be. Surveyors use many traverse points and other reference points that do not represent the lines or corners of your property. Be sure and ask what points represent your actual corners or lines if there is any confusion.
  • Don't chose a surveyor based on price alone. A poorly conducted survey could cost you much more money in the long run if errors or omissions are made. Ask around or do a little research into the company or surveyor prior to selecting them.
  • Order the survey well before it is needed. Most surveyors maintain a backlog of at least a couple of weeks, and even more during the busy seasons.