When do I need the services of a land surveyor?
Buy or sell land.
Erect fencing near property lines.
Establish hunting rights.
Divide an Estate.
My land is cleared and has no brush on it. This should drastically lower the cost of my survey shouldn't it?
I only wanted one corner marked. Why did it cost so much to have this performed?
The surveyor must in professional capacity assume liability for his/her actions. Finding the physical monument is only a part of the process. Verification of the monument is the final step. The surveyor must treat each measurement with care, research all available legal documents, analyze all the evidence and then form an opinion before placing or accepting a monument. Quite often the surveyor will spend as much time verifying one monument as he/she would in verifying the entire boundary.
If my deed states acreage or distance in more or less terms this is limited to only a small fraction in difference of the total value given doesn't it?
Can I survey my own property?
Yes. Under law a landowner is entitled to the right of surveying his/her own boundaries. This right however is much like being able to represent oneself in court - legal but not very advisable.
A forester flagged my property lines to harvest timber by. Is this a survey?
Absolutely not. A forester may flag approximate lines for harvesting timber but the forester is not a land surveyor. If a forester is found in neglect from not hiring a surveyor to mark boundary lines he/she may be held responsible for any damages.
To settle a boundary dispute can my neighbor and I agree on the location legally?
Sometimes, quite often agreed property lines are the best solution for settling disputed boundaries. This action may settle long term disputes, keep the peace in the community, and allow you to live in harmony. A formal boundary agreement should be described, witnessed, signed, and recorded. Having a surveyor draft a plat depicting this agreement is the simplest solution. It may also be necessary to exchange quit claim deeds to clarify title along agreed boundaries.
Once a surveyor marks my boundaries no one can dispute those locations right?
Wrong, though the courts hold the surveyor to be an expert in matters of boundaries and will hold the testimony and opinions of the surveyor in high regards, the surveyor is not the final word in the case of disputed boundaries. A surveyor provides an opinion as to where the location of the bounds lie and accepts liability for this opinion but the surveyor is not the final word in boundaries nor is the surveyor a hired gun to force boundaries upon other parties. Any person has the right to contest any matter before the courts. The final word in boundary matters falls to the courts and their assigns.
The person who sold me my property signed a survey affidavit declaring the property void of encroachments. Is this legal?
Before I bought my property my realtor pointed out my boundaries. Now I have hired a surveyor and he disagrees with those locations. Why?
My attorney provided me with a certificate of clear title and title insurance. These certificates ensure me that my property is free and clear of any encumbrances and guarantees my boundaries don't they?
My realtor and attorney have advised me not forgo the expense of a current survey by closing the transaction using an older survey of the property. Is this truly advisable?
How much will my survey cost?
I hired an unlicensed individual who advertises to provide surveying. He works in his own office but has a licensed surveyor in another town stamp and certify his work without actually supervising the services. Is this legal?
A land surveyor is surveying my neighbor's property. He has asked permission to traverse across my land to access monuments on my property. Why does he need to survey on my property?
Above you will see a question related to this action. Further explained many deed descriptions and recorded surveys are referenced to monuments found in remote locations and on adjoining lands. The surveyor must often access adjoining lands to verify monuments to be assured of his or her findings. Many States have recognized this action as a necessity in maintaining legal boundaries and to have provision of evidence to the courts. The States, which have recognized the need for surveyors to gain access to adjoining lands during the course of a survey, have written laws allowing surveyors rights to access. The State of Texas does not currently have a right of access for land surveyors. Please remember to keep an open mind when asked for permission from a surveyor to traverse across your land. This is a very important action and may actually benefit you in years to come. Be polite, ask the surveyor for a clear reason for permission, ask for his or her business contacts if you have questions, and always remember the surveyor is just doing his or her duty as a professional.
When should you have a survey completed?
There are several instances in which a survey of commercial or private land is necessary and/or desirable. A survey should be ordered whenever there is a conveyance of any parcel of land in order to ensure the location of the boundaries of the land. Surveys can also be completed to show the location or ownership of land-based features, whether man-made or natural, and to obtain Title Insurance Coverage over matters of survey. In the case of a property transfer survey, the survey should always be completed and available as part of your closing if the property is being mortgaged. Mortgage companies most generally require a survey to locate the improvements. If the property is to be developed, a topographic survey will be required to locate existing improvements, utilities and drainage features in order to provide an adequate engineering base for design.
What things can you do to reduce the cost of your survey?
First and foremost, you should make the surveyor aware of any previous surveys that have been completed on or surrounding the property if you aware of any. Also, present any documents you have regarding the ownership of the land to the surveyor. Another action you could take would be to let the surveyor be aware of any property monuments near the survey and, if possible, mark the monument to make it easier to locate. Make a title commitment available to the surveyor or have your title agent fax the title commitment to the surveyor. Removing and obstacles on the property that may slow the surveyor should be considered.
What are the benefits of having a land survey completed?
If the property corners had not previously been marked, a land survey will mark and monument them. A Plat of Survey can also then be prepared and signed by the surveyor which shows the nature of the monuments found or set, measurements of all property lines, and any encroachments, building lines, and easements. If requested, the surveyor can also show the location of all buildings or specially noted markers on the parcel.
What qualities should you look for in a Texas surveying company?
Inquire as to the primary line of business the surveyor provides services (Residential, Commercial, Industrial, etc.). Inquire as to the years the firm has been in business. Successful firms have usually been in business a number of years. Is the principle of the firm a Registered Professional Land Surveyor? Does the firm have "Errors and Omissions Insurance"? Inquire as to what standards the survey will be performed (TSPS Category 1AII, ALTA/ACSM). Always ask for a written proposal that details exactly what the scope of service is, the fee to be charged (including payment terms), and the projected date of completion. The company that performs your survey should be familiar with the area in which the survey will be performed. Additionally, the surveyor should have a good idea of what the client requires after a short conversation. If concerned ask the surveyor to meet you at the site. Is this legal?
What are the different types of surveys?
There are three general groupings of surveys which includes several specific survey types. The three types are: boundary surveys, engineering surveys, and environmental surveys. Boundary surveys include: monumented land survey, land survey plat, improvement survey plat, American Land Title Association (ALTA) survey or land title survey, and others. Boundary surveys in Texas are regulated by the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveyors and must meet the "Minimum Standards of Practice". The Texas Society of Professional Surveyors publishes the "Manual of Practice" which established requirements for nine (9) categories of surveys. For additional information on the requirements you may visit their web page at http://www.tsps.org . Engineering surveys include: topographic surveys, right-of-way acquisition surveys and construction surveys. Engineering surveys can be used to generate plan and profile sheets, digital terrain models, aerial maps, and subdivision plats. Environmental surveys include surveys for monitoring well locations, wetlands delineation, landfill surveying and remedial operations.
Does CBG Surveying, Inc. have a Firm Registration Number?
Yes our Firm Registration Number is 10168800.
What credit cards do you accept
We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.