How much does a survey cost?

The cost of a survey is based on several factors, the size and location of the property, the type of survey services needed (ie. boundary survey, topographic mapping, ALTA survey etc.) and the difficulty and time required to complete the fieldwork and drafting of the survey.  The surveyor will research the project and give you a cost estimate based on all of these factors.

Please feel free to Contact us for a quote for your next survey project.

When do I need a survey?

Surveys are required or recommended in many different circumstances. A homeowner may require a survey in order make sure that they are building a fence or wall on the property line. Many cities or counties will require a boundary survey to verify proposed building setbacks or a topographic survey to determine the existing conditions and elevations on the property. An architect or engineer will use a boundary and topographic survey in order to create an accurate design based on existing conditions. Construction Staking will lay out the proposed locations of new construction correctly on the property. A mortgage company or bank may require an ALTA Survey in order to ascertain that there are no encroachments or any other exceptions to title that may affect the sale of a property. There are many other types of surveys and situations where a survey can be useful. See our Services page for a more complete list of survey services.

How does a surveyor determine where my property lines are?

A surveyor uses many resources to determine the location of property lines. First, research is done with the city and county where the property is located to gather all of the relevant recorded documents related to the property. These documents may include: subdivision or tract maps, parcel maps, grant deeds , legal descriptions, centerline ties, field books, record of surveys and corner records. These documents are used to calculate the property lines in the area of the survey. Second, the surveyor will visit the property and measure monuments based on the recorded documents listed above. The location of these monuments will allow the surveyor to determine the location of the property lines and set the property corners. Finally, the  surveyor will create a map or plat showing the property lines as well as the monuments found and set on the property. This map is delivered to the client and can also be filed with the County Surveyor’s office. See our Boundary Survey page for more information.