Land Surveyor on a walkie talkie

Many factors go into an estimate for a Survey. Besides the type of Survey needed, other factors that can affect cost include;

  • Property size and shape and number of adjoining owners
  • Property terrain & other defining features such as water courses, wetlands and woods
  • Site conditions such as accessibility and seasonal challenges
  • Site locations: urban, suburban and rural properties boundary disputes, poor record information and lack of field evidence

Yes. A Boundary Survey must performed on the entire parcel before it can be subdivided into smaller lots. Contact your local government agencies for regulations pertaining to the Subdivision process.

In most cases, no. A Boundary Survey of the entire parcel needs to be performed to accurately define any property line.

The Surveyor can come out and walk the property and look for property evidence but will not be able to say with any degree of certainty if what they find is in the correct location. Only by performing a Boundary Survey can the Surveyor determine where the property corners are.

Yes. 2001 graduate of SUNY Ranger School in Wanakena, NY and was licensed by the State of New York to practice Land Surveying in 2014. 

Land surveyor means a person who, by reason of his knowledge of the several sciences and of principles of land surveying and of the planning and design of land developments acquired by practical experience and formal education, is qualified to engage in the practice of land surveying, and who’s competence has been attested to by the board through licensure as a land surveyor. 

The Land Surveyor locates the property as described and interpreted in your “deed record”, and compares your “proof of ownership” to field evidence of ownership. You furnish the Surveyor with your legal description, current title policy, or title policy concerning the parcel that you want surveyed. The Surveyor then locates the property on the ground, marking the corners with physical monuments, and (if needed), provides you with a record of the Land Survey in the form of a map. The Surveyor will also disclose the areas that are in conflict so that the title company and/or attorney can resolve any problems.

Supply information even though you might think that it might negatively affect your boundaries. It is important to understand that although you may really only want your own property lines surveyed, the Land Surveyor is also determining the boundary of the neighbors land, and must be impartial in the location of any boundary line. Some of the information you should supply may include, but is not limited to:

  • Explain the exact purpose of the survey, defining your needs. The Land Surveyor may often suggest ideas you have not thought of.
  • Ask questions if you do not understand what is being presented or discussed.
  • Supply “proof of ownership” from a reliable source. This may include but is not limited to: The legal description of the property, (Lot , Block and Subdivision name, aliquot part description, or deed recording information), a copy of a title search.
  • Make available any additional old surveys, plats, plot plans or building plans.
  • Make known all disputes over corners or boundaries.