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Clear Boundaries Provide Protection And Peace Of Mind - Land Surveying from a Professional

There are many reasons you may need to get a Professional Land Survey. It is a crucial first step before you buy, sell or subdivide the land and to ensure that your improvements or new construction are positioned correctly. It’s possible you may need a survey if your lending institution requires a mortgage loan inspection or when purchasing Title Insurance. You may be required by local authorities, to get a survey before they issue any building or other permits and for drainage planning. If there is a dispute over the property line location or an encroachment, a Professional Land Surveyor can review your deed and other evidence, appear in Court as an expert witness and give their professional opinion concerning the boundaries of your land dispute.

When you work with a Professional Land Surveyor, you should sign and be given a copy, of an agreement with the details of your land survey, to avoid any future confusion or disagreements that may arise. Your agreement should state specifically what is included in your survey, the fee or hourly rate, any payment arrangements and an approximate time frame for completion. When you get the estimate for your land survey, the amount could be based on previous experience with similar surveys or by the hour with recording and other related fees being additional. There are many possible issues that can arise, specific to your survey, that may change the final cost of your estimate. These circumstances could be due to many things including, but not limited to seasonal related weather, problems accessing records, difficult terrain, denied access to the property, Land Court Standards or additional requirements by local approving authorities.

Upon completion, you should receive documentation based on the type of survey that was performed and certified by the surveyor. Your survey may be prepared according to Registry of Deeds Standards if it is to be recorded. Your survey should include a drawing that may include boundaries, easements and encroachments, property corners, improvements, monuments, dimensional relationships and if needed, existing conditions mapping to provide an architect or engineer.

Whether you need a Professional Land Survey due to necessity, regulatory requirements, want a cosmetic improvement, recreational addition, or just want one out of curiosity, the end result is the same. You will avoid expensive complications, establish clear boundaries, protect your investment in your family’s future and ensure your own peace of mind.

Land Surveying in Today's World

Land Surveying

Land surveying is an ancient profession. The Pharaohs of Egypt employed land surveyors to re-establish boundaries each year after the annual flooding of the Nile River. George Washington's first job as a teenager was as a land surveyor for the Colony of Virginia. Today, land surveyors at Adkan Engineers use instruments, techniques, and technologies beyond the wildest dreams of even 19th century surveyors.

Two hundred years ago, the word "survey" probably meant a simple "stake and flag" boundary survey, conducted with tape measures and sighting instruments. Over time, technological advances have transformed those instruments (Theodolites) and enabled entire new areas of land surveying.

Today's Theodolites not only measure lines of site, arcs, and distances with an exceptional degree of accuracy. In many cases, they are faster and easier to use than a tape or chain. They also incorporate GPS and can record the data into digital format so that it can be used in the office for Auto-Cad engineering applications and digital-mapping geospatial applications.

Adkan Engineers' surveyors are capable of carrying out all of today's state-of-the-art surveys. A topographic survey provides architects and engineers with a view of the raw land underlying their projects. A cadastral survey is essentially a title survey. It utilizes and builds on property records to establish, re-establish, and verify real-property boundaries. It finds and records existing easements and monuments. The results are usually recorded legally and used to create a map, or plat, for the client.

An A.L.T.A. survey (American Land Title Association) is the most rigorous type of cadastral survey. The surveyor must follow a detailed set of standards and procedures in its preparation. These surveys are designed to uncover all recorded and un-recorded easements, encroachments, structures, roads, and utility lines which could create a risk for the title insurer or lender. A.L.T.A. surveys are most needed in high-density urban areas and are often required there. They are also often required when a project involves a high price tag or public exposure. Adkan Engineers has much experience in these types of surveys, having done over 160 of them.

The work of land surveyors today goes far beyond simple border surveys. Empowered by the new technologies, GPS, and large databases of property records, today's surveyors routinely perform far more complex tasks. In doing this work, they are connecting with an increasing number of entities such as government agencies, real-estate databases, and geo-spatial data collections. The result is a far greater knowledge base for the world we live in.