This is a survey of a lot in a recorded subdivision. Corners should be marked in accordance with existing state standards, and the owner receives a drawing depicting what corners were set and what corners were found.
These surveys are normally described by metes and bounds and may require extensive research of adjoining deeds, original government surveys, highway plans, etc. A boundary survey usually requires fieldwork on neighboring lands to verify or find existing monumentation.
Because many deeds were prepared in an office and not actually surveyed, it may require extra research and fieldwork to determine the property lines. The corners should be marked in accordance with existing state standards, and the owner receives a drawing depicting what corners were set and what corners were found.
This type of survey divides existing parcels into smaller parcels. These types of surveys are required to be recorded at the county’s Register of Deeds office and must also meet all requirements of government agencies.
These types of surveys are graphic representations of physical features of the land depicting natural and man-made features, such as fences, buildings, utilities, hills, valleys, streams, lakes, roads, etc. They can be performed by field ground methods or by aerial photographic methods.
The preciseness of this type of survey depends on what it is to be used for. These surveys should be completed in conjunction with a boundary survey (which can only be performed by a professional land surveyor) to show lines of possession.
Plot Plan and Stakeout
This type of survey may be required by local authorities or you may require it to ensure that a proposed house or structure is constructed in the proper location and not over an easement or building setback line. A drawing may be required showing the proposed building location. Stakes are set in the field denoting the location of the proposed building.
This type of survey is required by some lending agencies, title companies, or escrow agents before disbursement of construction loans. This type of survey locates the existing foundation on the property to guarantee to the lender that the foundation is actually on the property and not encroaching on easements or building lines.
These surveys should be completed in conjunction with a boundary survey (which can only be performed by a professional land surveyor) to show lines of possession.
ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey
ALTA/NSPS (American Land Title Association/National Society of Professional Surveyors) Survey is the most comprehensive type of survey and improvement location. It covers all the aspects of a boundary survey and improvement location and identification of any additional evidence of possession or use which could be adverse to the interests of the purchaser. This survey works directly with lenders counsel and title insurance companies.