Frequently Asked Questions

The world of surveying can get very complicated and confusing, and we're here to help. (Click the icons to see more detail on each question.)

How much does a survey cost?

There are many variables that affect the cost of surveying a parcel of land such as the complexity of the legal description, previous survey records in the area, and working conditions on and around the site. Therefore, we do not have a set price per acre or parcel size.

If provided with a current legal description from Record Title, we will do the necessary research and provide a free cost estimate on your particular parcel.

What is a legal description? Why do you need it? Where can I find it?

A legal description is the written description of the boundaries of a parcel of land. The best place to look for the legal description is from the deed or from a title insurance policy that was prepared when the property was purchased.

The only government entity that usually keeps deeds on file is the county Register of Deeds office. A copy of your deed may be obtained there, but it may take a little research.

Can you use the legal description on my tax bill?

The legal description on a tax bill is generated by an assessor for assessing purposes, not for conveyance purposes. Since the description is only used for assessing purposes, they are typically shortened and abbreviated and may leave out important details that the original deed may have provided.

How will you mark my property?

We typically only mark the property corners. If the property was previously surveyed, our goal is to find the original property markers. Usually, they are some type of steel rod or pipe.

If we find an existing property corner, we will flag it with pink flagging and place a tall wood stake also flagged next to it.

If we need to set a new property corner, we will place a 0.5" by 18" iron bar in the ground with a plastic cap on top. The cap will be marked with the surveyor's license number. This is also flagged with pink ribbon and marked with at tall wood stake.

Extra wood stakes may be placed along the property line for an extra fee.

There was a survey done previously on my land (or when I bought it), why can’t I find the property corners?

Often with the transfer of a parcel of land only a mortgage inspection (also sometimes referred to as a mortgage survey) is required.

Mortgage Inspections are prepared for a lender so that they can be reasonable certain that there are no survey related issues that would be detrimental to the value of their loan. They do not usually include staking of property lines or corners.

The drawing provided at closing should state whether the property corners were marked or not.

Do you work in the winter?

Yes, some survey work is more easily performed in the winter such as those parcels with heavy vegetation, swamps, and/or wetlands.

Give us a call today for your free estimate – 269‑963-7778