Surveying Your Lot

The most commonly requested service is the marking of parcel boundaries. If your legal description reads "Lot XX, Block XX", then you own a platted lot. Platted lots usually have existing survey monuments at the lot corners that we verify for accuracy or reset correctly. On occasion, these platted lot corners are missing or disturbed. In that case, lot corners are reset. If your legal description reads more like "the south 300 feet of the west 600 feet" or has distance lengths with degrees, minutes and seconds (00° 00' 00"), that is a metes and bounds description and we lay out this legal description, marking the boundaries.

We often get calls from potential survey clients who ask us how much a survey will cost. That would be like calling a carpenter and asking how much does it cost to build a house. In order for us to produce a bid, we must first get a copy of a client's deed. The deed will have an accurate legal description, which is the basis of all ownership. Tax statement descriptions are not acceptable: they are often incomplete and can be different from your deeded ownership.

We will provide you with a firm survey bid after we do some research. Upon receipt of a signed contract and a downpayment of 50%, we will begin the work as soon as we can. After the field work is completed, a drawing is produced called a Certificate of Survey. By law, if an encroachment is encountered (such as a neighbor's garage crossing the line), it must be mapped and shown on the Certificate of Survey. If the lot line has a water boundary, this is also mapped and shown on the drawing.

Determine what type of survey you want...is it a boundary survey? Are you thinking there is an encroachment? Do you want a mapping survey so you can see where your cabin and driveway sits on your site? Do you want to know your exact acreage?  Do you want a topographic lay of your land? Look at the descriptions of our different types of surveys to help you decide.