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This site is intended to provide you with information on Land Surveying in the Dadeville, Lake Martin, Alexander City, AL plus Tallapoosa County and surrounding areas of Alabama. If you’re looking for a Dadeville Land Surveyor, you’ve come to the right site. If you’d rather talk to someone about your land surveying needs, please call  us at (256) 307-1447 today. For more information, please continue to read.

Dadeville Land Surveying

Land Surveyors are professionals who measure and make precise measurements to determine the size and boundaries of a piece of real estate.  While this is a simplistic definition, boundary surveying is one of the most common types of surveying related to home and land owners. If you fall into the following categories, please click on the appropriate link for more information on that subject:

Dadeville Land Surveying services:

  1. I need to know where my property corners or property lines are. (Boundary Survey)
  2. I have a loan closing or re-finance coming up on my home in a subdivision. (Lot Survey)
  3. I need a map of my property with contour lines to show elevation differences for my architect or engineer. (Topo Survey)
  4. I’ve just been told I’m in a flood zone or I ‘ve been told I need an elevation certificate in order to obtain flood insurance or prove I don’t need it. (Flood Survey)
  5. I’m purchasing a lot/house in a recorded subdivision. (Lot Survey – See Boundary Survey)
  6. I’m purchasing a larger tract of land, acreage, that hasn’t been subdivided in the past. (Boundary Survey)
  7. I need to get some location and grades set on a construction project. (Construction Survey )
  8. I need a survey of a commercial or multi-family site that meets the ALTA Land Title Survey requirements. (ALTA Survey)

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How Important is Land Surveying in Today’s World?

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Most of you have probably never thought about land surveying until you needed it at some point. Many of us hear about land surveying all the time but never really give it much thought.

Since an investment in land and/or a home will likely be the largest investment you will ever make in your lifetime, knowing where your property lines are becomes very important indeed.

The art of land surveying was developed centuries ago. In fact, it’s one of the oldest professions in the world. The fact that it was used by man at such an early time and is still being used now shows how important surveying is to our survival.

Modern Uses of Land Surveying

Surveying land has many uses. Boundary surveying, for instance, allows you to know where your property corners or property lines are. This is especially helpful when disputes with a neighbour or with other people arise in terms of where your property ends.

If your family wants to divide a tract of land and transfer ownership to other family members, a boundary survey is the first step to do so. If you’re having a building constructed, it is very important that you have the land surveyed to make sure that you are not encroaching onto other peoples’ property. A mistaken building location is very expensive to fix so you might as well invest in a boundary survey to prevent this.

A topographic survey, or topo survey for short, is another important type of land surveying. A topo survey is done to locate natural and man-made features on a particular parcel of land. A topographic survey is different in that the elevation of the land is surveyed which means it can show man-made underground features, retaining walls, utility lines and etc.

Before you start any kind of construction activity, it’s important to have a topo survey done in the area so they’ll have an accurate record of the land’s existing conditions. Yes, that spot with the new mall in the neighbourhood had to have a topo survey done first.

Now, a flood survey or flood determination – this is very important too. It isn’t evident just looking at a property whether you are at risk of flooding or not. And, in some cases, even looking at the flood maps doesn’t give you an accurate answer.

The flood survey determines the elevation of the home and compares that to the base flood elevation. This is the only way to be sure you’re not in a flood hazard zone. If you’ve just been told that you live in a flood-prone area, having that confirmed by a professional land surveyor would let you know how to best proceed.

When getting flood insurance, insurance companies would require an elevation certificate from you. A land surveyor would be able to assist you with this.

If a company wants to invest in another state, or if there is a national lender on a commercial project, they will likely need an ALTA Land Title Survey done before anything is constructed. An ALTA Land Title Survey is a lot like a regular boundary survey except that nationally accepted ALTA Standards are used to guide the surveying effort.

Land surveying standards vary widely from state to state and an ALTA Land Title Survey is used to cut down on this variation. Also, an ALTA Land Title Survey typically is more involved than the state standards variety.

Because of this, an ALTA survey can be more anywhere from 50% to 200% more expensive than using the state standards only. If you need this type of survey, I suggest seeking an experienced land surveying company who is familiar with these additional requirements.

In summary, there are many uses for a land survey and for seeking the services of a land surveyor. If you’re unsure of your situation, consult Dadeville Land Surveying at (256) 307-1447 today or go to the Contact page and send us an email.

Land Surveying: Estimating the Cost

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Land surveying, simply speaking, is the science (and art) of establishing or re-establishing property corners, property lines and/or boundaries.

There may be different reasons why someone needs a piece of property surveyed. Probably the most common one is to evaluate if a piece of land is vulnerable to flooding, to subdivide real estate to sell or deed to members of the family or to know if there are any encroachments.

This could happen when a neighbor disputes that you’re using a section of his lot or or vice-versa (for more on this, check this page).

How much does Land Surveying cost?

If you need to have a piece of land surveyed, the first thing that may come to mind is “how much will it cost?” There are numerous factors determining just how much land surveying your property would cost. The fact that this type of service must be accomplished by an expert contributes a lot to the total cost of the service, but choosing a non-professional to survey your land is dangerous, and probably illegal for the non-professional to do.

Because of this you should to take a good look around before settling with a surveying company. If you must work inside a particular budget, discuss this with the surveyor up front. Often he or she may be able to offer cost-saving steps to get the work you need done within your cost limits.T

he form of the land should also looked into. A square or a rectangular piece of land is easier to survey than an odd-shaped parcel, or one with many sides. With the latter, the surveyor will need to take more time in surveying the curves and the bends, which would mean the cost of the service would be higher. The actual measurement of the land is also a key factor here.

Keep in mind that the cost of land surveying is typically proportionate to the time and effort that a land surveyor would spend on the project. If the land that you’re having surveyed is not accessible, or has thick vegetation, then the total price of the survey could go higher. This is also true of the climate conditions, which could affect the work. Surveying in the summer is slower, in order to keep from putting the crew members in danger. Also, most surveying cannot be done in the rain.

When requesting an estimate, remember that surveyors base the estimate on expected conditions at the site. These conditions could change, resulting in additional costs. Always ask about these potential additional cost scenarios.

All that being said, competitive prices are also to be expected, which is why we recommend selecting a surveyor based upon his experience and reputation and not on the price he writes on a piece of paper. Usually it is far better to spend a good amount of money on a survey that’s well-done rather than pick a company with a very “affordable” price, but have the survey repeated because the results were wrong.

In conclusion, it is best to discuss the costs of the survey before you ask the surveyor to begin with his work. It’s also advisable to obtain a contract that lets you know what is expected of the land surveyor. This is one of the most important steps in having your land surveyed.

To get a free land surveying quote, call Dadeville Land Surveying at (256) 307-1447 or send us a message by going here.

Land Surveying: Ethics of a Land Surveyor

land surveyorNot a lot of people realize that land surveying is actually a fusion of art and science. Yes, different types of equipments are available for the surveyor’s use, but the land surveyor still has the last say on the results.

Despite this, however, a land surveyor still has several guidelines to follow. If you’ve had an experience with a dishonest surveyor, or are wary about hiring one, this article should be able to help you out.

Ethics of a Land Surveyor

A surveyor should always start a project with fairness in mind. Your client, as well as every party involved in the project, is expecting you to be fair and just; so make the best possible assessment with the evidence handed to you.

Before a project commences, the surveyor assigned to the project should come forward if there’s a possibility of conflict of interest. This is very important to preserve the surveyor’s relationship with the client. A surveyor should avoid professional impropriety by declaring involvement or any prior affiliations with any of the involved parties. It is also the surveyor’s responsibility to keep any information regarding the project, as well as the client, confidential even after the project is done.

Several cases have been reported where the surveyor overcharged the client. This usually happens when the client doesn’t know anything about land surveying. A land surveyor running his business with ethics will never do this. Fortunately, there are more honest land surveyors than dishonest ones.

A surveyor should charge a project according to the length of time needed to get it done as well as the level of technical complexity required for it. For the surveyor’s sake, as well as that of the client, one should never sign plans, certificates or reports unless they are personally supervised by him. Not only is this unfair on the client’s side, but doing so could put the surveyor’s reputation in danger should the results be disputed and he has no first-hand knowledge of the work.

Just as in other industries, a land surveyor should never undermine the capability of other surveyors or the people from the land surveying industry.

New technologies come up for land surveying all the time. When a surveyor knows that a project is beyond his skills, he should tell the client. There’s no sense accepting a project only to come up with a subpar result. It will only hurt your business and your reputation.

Surveyors should also be responsible enough to study, do thorough research, practice and utilize his skills before offering clients a new service. If a surveyor is new to flood determination, for instance, then he needs to make sure that he knows how to perform it before offering the service to his clients.

Surveyors do not work alone. They usually have a staff to support them. The land surveyor needs to be responsible for his actions at all cost, and for actions or work carried out by his staff.

For assistance finding a land surveyor, call us today at (256) 307-1447 or send us a message by clicking here.

Why You SHOULD Have a Land Survey Completed Before Purchasing Land?

The importance of land survey before purchasing land

land surveyBuying land, whether commercial or residential, is actually a costly endeavor, even though prices have eased somewhat lately. This is the reason locating a parcel you like and making a deal for it without performing a land survey within the area is likely to be the greatest mistake that you could make.

Here’s why it’s extremely important that you have a land survey done first:

Land surveyors can determine whether you’re actually getting what you’re going to pay for. Land surveying establishes whether or not the sidewalks, trees, driveways and even the bird bath are part of the property you’re planning to buy. Land surveying also determines whether the neighbors are encroaching onto your property, which would then mean you’re likely to have problems later on with your neighbors.

Getting a land surveyor doesn’t only mean you will know what you’re getting or not getting; land surveyors are the experts, so they can help with building regulations, wetland regulations, etc. Please note that these regulations may change any time, but land surveyors ought to be updated on these regulations; or if not, they’ll refer you to somebody who is.

Let’s say the present landowner (the one selling the land) supplies you with old land survey documents. You should still hire your personal land surveyor to find out if the boundary monuments remain in position. Also, land surveying done a couple of years back might not show recent changes to the land. When the existing survey is older than about 10 years, you need to get the latest survey. Technology and surveying standards are much better now and could give you more confidence in the survey work.

In addition, that survey was completed for that owner. He might have instructed the surveyor not to show some things on the drawing. At least have a land surveyor get out there and evaluate the parcel using this survey in hand. We have witnessed numerous cases when a whole new land survey would save the customer thousands, so don’t be a victim.

I’ve heard many say getting a land surveyor is nothing but unnecessary expense. I’ll let you know what’s unnecessary: the worries brought on by paying thousands of dollars for something and finding yourself not receiving whatever you were expecting. If you’re smart, you’ll hire a professional surveyor to do the land survey prior to making any land purchases.