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How To Apply For A Land Survey

Knowing how to apply for a land survey can help you get the job done. ImproveNet connects you with up to three local surveyors who can conduct a survey on your property.

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There are many reasons property owners might need to have a land survey done, such as when there’s new construction or an addition is being built. These surveys alert you to the location of the property lines, as well as a host of other information, depending on which type of survey you order. The process of applying for a survey isn’t difficult, but there’s some information you’ll need to know prior to contacting a surveyor.

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How To Apply For A Land Survey

The process of getting a land survey done is simple. You have to contact local survey companies to discuss the type of survey you need. They’ll give you a quote on getting the job done so you can compare the cost between companies.

When you’re going over the quotes for the survey, there are a few things you'll need to consider. These include the time it will take to get the survey done and the type of survey that’s being done. Some surveys, such as those to settle disputes with neighbors, might need to be done quickly and could be more costly because of the rush, especially if the survey company is busy at the time.

Types Of Land Surveys

Different types of surveys are available for different purposes, so discuss your intended use for the survey with the surveyor to ensure you get the one you need.

  • Property line survey: This is also known as the boundary line survey. It’s used most commonly to show where the property lines are. This is useful if there’s a dispute about where the line is. It can also help if there are questions about whether structures on your property actually comply with local building codes and ordinances, such as setback requirements. The surveyor puts up special markers to denote these lines. These must not be removed or moved until the project is done or the problem solved. Additionally, remember the wooden stakes can’t be placed on top of the monument marker, so the actual corner of your property is offset a little from the wooden stake.
  • ACSM and ALTA survey: This is more detailed than the property line survey. On top of the basic property line information, this survey also includes the placement of utility lines, flood zones, setback requirements, intersections, zoning requirements, parking, signs, lighting, and curb cuts. It also includes information about the square footage of buildings and land. Title companies might require this type of survey.
  • Topographical survey: This survey shows the highs and lows of the lot as well as the water drainage and flow information. This is typically done for flood insurance within flood zones. It can also help when you’re planning a new building because it can alert the builders to what type of grade issues they might have to plan for when they’re preparing the foundation.
  • Plot plan: This isn’t technically a type of survey, but it can help to ensure that structures are placed in the correct location on the property. The location of the proposed building is marked by the surveyor. This professional uses the information submitted to the permit office to determine where it’s supposed to go.

How Much Does A Land Survey Cost?

The cost of a land survey depends on the type of survey you need to have done. The median cost for all types is $463 in the United States. You can expect to pay a minimum of $75 and a maximum of $950 for the survey, with the average cost ranging from $373 to $499. This amount can vary greatly in an area since each survey company sets its own prices. Some will offer custom pricing, so be sure to discuss this with the company when you ask for a quote.

In most cases, the person who applies for the survey will have to pay the cost. It’s possible this might be split between parties. For example, you and a neighbor could share the cost if there’s a boundary line dispute. Individuals who are purchasing a property may be able to get a credit on their purchase to offset all or a portion of the survey cost.

Find Local Surveyors

Finding a local land surveyor doesn’t have to be challenging. ImproveNet connects you to local professionals who know how to survey land. When you contact the surveyors, be sure to discuss your specific needs with them so you can get an accurate quote for the services you need.

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