What to Expect from a Typical Land Survey
When do I need a land survey?
- When buying or selling land that is not clearly defined by a property map or deed description
- Before land is divided by deed, will or by a court
- If a money-lending agency requires a survey
- If a line or corner location is unknown or in dispute
- Before land is improved by constructing drives, fences, walls or buildings, it is desirable to know the location of the property corners and boundaries.
- When you believe someone is encroaching on your land
What can a surveyor do for me?
- Examine your deed and those of adjoining property owners and look for physical evidence of boundary conflict.
- Advise whether or not you actually need a survey
- Locate your property corners and flag them
- Establish corners and markers if not previously set
- Divide large tracts of land into smaller parcels
- Prepare plots and plans suitable for submission to various municipal approving authorities
- Make topographic maps showing elevations and natural and manmade physical features
- Locate wells, septic tanks, buildings, fences, rights-of way, encroachments and other evidence of possession
- Inform interested parties of progress and results
- Cooperate with your realtor, attorney, banker, title company engineer and architect
- Prepare legal Descriptions of Lands for conveyancing, and for use by attorneys in the preparation of deeds and other instruments for record
- Appear in court as an expert witness in a lawsuit
- Perform all work in accordance with State Laws and professional standards
What does a surveyor need from me?
- The purpose of the survey
- Copy of the deed
- Any property maps you have and information about the location of corners and property lines
- Names and addresses of adjoining property owners
- Information about disagreements over location of corners and lines
How much will my survey cost?
This depends on many factors:
- The type of survey equipment required. There are 8 types of surveys
- BOUNDARY SURVEY
- LOCATION SURVEY
- TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY
- SITE PLANNING SURVEY
- SUBDIVISION SURVEY
- CONSTRUCTION SURVEY
- GEOGRAPHIC POSITIONING SYSTEM
- ALTA/ACSM SURVEY
- The amount of deed research
- The number of unknown corners
- The existence of fences and property lines
- The clarity and accuracy of the deed description
- The size of the tract
- The kind of terrain
- The amount of vegetation
- Whether the surveyor has made other surveys in the area
- Whether there are disputes over any lines
What does a typical NJ survey map look like?
Professional Land Services in NJ
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