WHEN IS A SURVEY USUALLY NEEDED?
- BEFORE title in land is transferred.
- BEFORE land is subdivided.
- BEFORE land is developed by construction of buildings, roads, fences, etc.
- BEFORE a boundary dispute arises.
- BEFORE a lot is to be conveyed from a larger tract and the lot has not been surveyed.
WHAT WILL A SURVEYOR DO FOR ME?
- He will do all work in accordance with State laws, local regulations and highest standards of ethics.
- He will at your request:
- Study your property description and show you what, in his professional opinion, the records and facts indicate the boundaries are of your land.
- Survey your property, and adjacent property, if necessary, to complete his work.
- Advise you if there is any defect in your land description or evidence of encroachment.
- Set monuments at your property corners and mark them so they can be easily found. A record of his work is filed in his office for future reference.
- Prepare a certificate of survey of your property, indicating the measurements he has made, the monuments placed, and any other data requested.
- Help you plan and lay out a subdivision into lots and streets.
- File a copy of the map or plat with the appropriate office at your request or if required by law.
- Locate oil and gas wells, buildings, fences rights-of-way, encroachments, or other possession evidence.
- Inform interested parties of progress and results.
- Cooperate with your attorney, realtor, banker, engineer, or architect.
- Write a legal description when land is to be divided.
- Supply you with as many copies of the plat or map as you may require, each bearing his certification and signature.
WHAT WILL A SURVEYOR NEED FROM ME?
- The purpose of the survey.
- The deed for your property.
- Any previous survey documentation.
- Address and location of property to be surveyed.
- Brief history of ownership
- Abstract and title opinion if available and requested by surveyor.
- Information about disagreements over location of corners and lines.
HOW MUCH WILL A SURVEY COST?
Most Land Surveyors charge by the hour so land surveying cost is dependent upon many factors, such as the type of survey and equipment required, weather conditions, the availability of existing records and monuments, the type of terrain, and the surveyor’s familiarity and knowledge of the area.
Because of these variables, it is often difficult to determine an exact fee; however, based on general experience, the surveyor can usually furnish an approximate estimate of cost.
To reduce the possibility of a misunderstanding, the surveyor may request that you sign an agreement that includes a description of the work to be done, approximate completion date, a lump sum price or hourly rate, and a payment schedule.