The American Land Title Association has published guidelines that are used by lenders to determine that a property is free of any problems that may affect the value or the sale of a property. A surveyor can perform an A.L.T.A. Survey to show a property’s boundary lines, improvements, easements as well as any encroachments or other “exceptions to title”. The map is similar to a topographic or architectural topographic map, but is completed to the A.L.T.A. standards and is certified to the property owner and lender. An A.L.T.A. survey is primarily required for commercial properties or for loans over $1,000,000.00.
A boundary survey is required in conjunction with the A.L.T.A. survey in order to certify the location of the property lines.