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Some commonly asked questions from the general
When is a survey required?...........................Click for more info.
A survey is usually needed when the title to land is being transferred. It is used to depict in picture form, the shape of your boundary. It includes accurate information about the dimensions of your lines with a description of each corner to be found there. It also shows the accurate area of the boundary usually in acres or sometimes in square feet. The plat will also show any encroachments that may be present.
Before developing a tract of land into a subdivision, a survey is required. Many county ordinances require that the boundary of the subdivision be surveyed & divided by a professional land surveyor. Then submitted to the local planning commission for approval. (Check with your local planning commission for their subdivision requirements). These requirements may be a few simple procedures or may include having to get a boundary survey, topographical survey, road design & layout, a soil & erosion control plan. In many instances, the process can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months before final approval. When planning a subdivision, the surveyor takes into consideration the topography of the land to best lay out the lots or tracts. The developer also helps in this aspect to relay what he or she is looking for in their design such as using existing features of the land or tree lines, interior fence lines, etc.
When a property owner has a question as to where the property line is located in relation to where a neighbor is erecting a fence, building or cutting trees/timber is another reason to acquire the services of a professional land surveyor. He will determine the location of the property line in relation to the possible encroachment of the neighbor. If the neighbor disagrees with the findings of the surveyor, there may be a possibility that the neighbor may want to challenge this. If so, this will more than likely be heard in court. The surveyor will appear in court, as an expert witness on your behalf to answer any questions that may arise.
In many instances, a surveyor becomes a mediator between property owners, when a disputed property line is involved. I've seen that most disputes are the product of misunderstanding of each owner. One may or may not know where the property line is and sometimes "innocently" starting a dispute with the neighbor by saying the wrong thing. The human being is very "protective" of their items of ownership. Probably the top of the list is their real estate or property.
How much does a survey cost?.....................Click for more info.
Survey fees are based on several factors. These include the scope of the project and the number of hours required to complete the work. Including research, field time, calculations & drafting, terrain, vegetation & availability of boundary corners. We do not set fees for our professional services but address each project individually.
Commonly Asked Definitions:.......................Click for more info.
Appraisal: An opinion of value usually in a written statement of the market value of an adequately described parcel of property as of a specific date.
Course: In surveying, the bearing of a line; also the bearing and length of a line.
Deed: An instrument in writing which, when executed and delivered, conveys and estate in real property or interest therein.
Encroachment: A physical feature such as a building or other object which is built or placed upon the property of another without their consent.
Meandering: A turn or winding, as of a stream.
Metes and Bounds: A method of describing land by measure of length (metes) of the boundary lines (bounds). In general the "metes" and "bounds" can be recited by reference to record, natural or artificial monuments at the corners; and record, natural or cultural boundary lines.
Parent Tract: The original tract from which a parcel has been taken.
Point of Beginning: The first point on the boundary of the property being described in metes and bounds description.
Survey: The process by which a parcel of land is measured and its boundaries and contents ascertained; also a map, plat, or statement of the result of such survey, with the courses and distances and the quantity of the land.
Thence: In surveying, and in descriptions of land by courses and distances, this word, preceding each course given, imports that the following course is continuous with the one before it.
Topographic Survey: To determine the elevations or relief of the ground with the locations of natural & artificial objects. The topographic drawing is drawn showing very detailed information, including the contour intervals. An example is shown here quadmap01 quadmap02
*These definitions were taken from the Definitions Of Surveying and Associated Terms book written 1972 and Reprinted 1989, American Congress of Surveying and Mapping and American Society of Civil Engineers. Also from Black's Law Dictionary Sixth Edition, St. Paul West Publishing Co. 1990
10 FAQ's....................................................Click for more info.
Question: #10) When I see the following in my deed description:
These questions represent a small percentage of the questions we are asked on a regular basis. Should you have a question not listed above, then please feel free to contact us at any time. We understand that each client's situation is unique and we will be more than happy to help you in anyway that we can. Please keep in mind, that I am not an attorney and in no way wish for anyone to misuse the information provided in the answer section for legal purposes. Please consult a legal professional if you are involved in any matters that might require legal representation.
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