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Questions and Answers About Land Surveying

Do you have a question about Land Surveying? HowellKline Surveying has the answer!

Why Would I Need A Land Survey?

Land Surveys are required for the following:

  • Locations of property boundaries
  • Locations of features of a property
  • To build
  • To develop
  • To satisfy local code or building requirements
  • To locate encroachments on a property

A land survey can become extremely useful when settling a dispute amongst adjoining property owners in cases where one or both of them have already or plan on: building, developing, landscaping, fencing or using the adjoining land. 

How Much Will A Land Survey Cost?

That is a question that we at Howell Kline Surveying, LLC get asked regularly. The short answer is, “It depends.”  Not all surveys are created equal. Understanding the ultimate use of the survey and the size and shape of your property can help us start to answer the question.. “How much does a survey cost?” If you provide us with your address, we can easily find your property’s size and shape by accessing the public records at the County Assessor’s Office. The other part of the equation, the ultimate purpose for the survey, requires some dialog with you, the client.

Is the survey to be used just for peace of mind, so you know what you own? If so, then a review of your deed, the adjoining deeds and recorded plans, and the necessary fieldwork to verify the existing or set the missing property corners may suit your needs. Would a plat or drawing of the survey, signed and sealed by the Professional Licensed Surveyor in charge of the survey, be helpful?

Is the survey going to be used to facilitate some kind of improvements on the property? For example, improvements such as landscaping and fencing may require additional line stakes to clearly define the lines in certain areas.

Is the survey going to be used in conjunction with the construction of a building or an addition? If so, then the field crew would locate the topography (or elevation of the earth), trees, and underground utilities in the area of the proposed improvements. This information would be drafted, and a drawing would be produced that could be utilized by your architect and engineer to design the improvements. Is the building project of a size that the municipality will require stormwater management and erosion and sedimentation control plans for permitting? If so, then percolation testing for stormwater infiltration may be called for. In what zoning district is the property located, and what improvements are permitted in that district?

These are just a few of the types of surveys and professional services that we at Howell Kline Surveying perform on a regular basis. And as you can see, each has its own level of research, office work, fieldwork, and detail that will ultimately affect the cost of the services we provide.