Posts

The Importance of Surveying a Property Line

Although a land survey may seem tedious and unnecessary when doing some projects, in fact there are many cases in which they become valuable, cost saving tools.  Recently one of our clients found out how important a survey can be.  The client contacted us with concerns about a retaining wall that borders their property.  They stated that the wall is crumbling, and client does not know who is responsible for repairs to the wall.  LandTech was able to help!  A crew went out and completed a boundary survey of the property, and also mapped the points of the retaining wall in question. After all of the information was compiled a map of the property was made showing all of the needed information. This in turn helped decide who was responsible for any new construction or repairs that were needed to happen with the wall.

 

When do I need a land Survey

If you own land, there is a good chance that you may find yourself in need of a land survey done by one of our licensed professional land surveyors at LandTech.  Some of the common situations where a land survey is recommended and/or possibly required include:

  • Purchasing Land It’s always a good idea to have land surveyed before a land purchase is made. It shows where property lines fall and give a verification of the property’s acreage.
  • Selling Land- Having a property surveyed provides buyers with a higher level of confidence in the property and gives perspective buyers the information needed to make a decision to purchase.
  • Dividing Land- If you own a large plot of land and want to divide it into smaller parcels or lots, a survey will be required to make sure your land is divided in accordance with local zoning laws and regulations.
  • Making Improvements-  County and/or city laws will require a land survey to be performed before you can add any improvements, such as additional structures, fences, or ditch work done on a property.
  • New Construction- New construction requires a land survey to ensure the building is done with in the proper lot lines. Construction surveying or staking, is to take a proposed construction plan set on paper, and physically represent the plan onto the existing site.
  • As-Built Survey- An As-Built Survey is done when a construction project is completed, showing all existing conditions along with major changes in relation to the completed project, showing that indeed, the project has been built by the contractor the way that the engineer’s design specified it to be built.
  • Conflict Resolution- If there is a conflict between neighboring property’s lot lines it is wise to obtain a survey done by a licensed professional land surveyor.   example: conflict over who owns and maintains a fence on a lot line.
  • FEMA Elevation Certificate- Is used by insurance agents for the purpose of quoting your property for a flood insurance rate. An Elevation Certificate is also used to support a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), which can remove your requirements to have flood insurance for your property.

 

If you are looking for a land surveyor in southeastern Wisconsin contact LandTech at:

262-367-7599

CONTACT US

or visit our website at: www.wisconsinsurveys.com

When is a survey necessary?

Prior to purchasing land, Prior to installing a fence, building a house, or other type of construction, Prior to dividing land into smaller parcels, When you sell a piece of land that has not been previously surveyed, To verify the amount of land assessed for taxes, When you think there is an encroachment on your land, For design and development purposes, & For peace of mind.

ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey in Butler Wisconsin

Land Tech Surveying, LLC just recently finished an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey for a bank in Southeastern Wisconsin. A survey was needed of the property so that the title company could insure title to the property free and clear of survey matters.

An ALTA survey is a land survey that is made for the Title Company and/or Lender with the survey and location data needed for the issuing of title or mortgage insurance. For this purpose a map is drawn to “ALTA” specifications. “ALTA” stands for American Land Title Association.

ALTA specifies the data to be shown on the survey and this includes boundary lines, location of the main building including improvements, location of ancillary buildings, the identification of easements (access rights by service companies such as water, gas, telephone, railways and other utilities). ALTA surveys are very complex surveys and can cost upwards of thousands dollars and take weeks to complete. For that reason most ALTA surveys are performed on commercial properties.

An ALTA Land Survey guarantees to meet the requirements for an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey as detailed by the American Land Title Association, National Society of Professional Surveyors and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping.

If you are looking for a land surveyor in Waukesha County or in Southeastern Wisconsin, give Land Tech Surveying, LLC a call at 262-367-7599. You can also check out our website at www.wisconsinsurveys.com or email us at landtechsurveying@gmail.com

Thank you,
John D. Downing, RLS

Brookfield Wisconsin Land Surveyor – Call (262) 367-7599

Land Tech Surveying, LLC recently completed a boundary survey for a client in Brookfield, Wisconsin.  The property consisted of a 1/2 acre parcel in a residential subdivision.  The owner was looking to re-build his fence, but the City of Brookfield requires and updated survey to do so.  It turned out that the original fence in the rear of the lot was built 1 foot past the property line.  The new fence will now be moved over so that it does not encroach onto the neighboring property.  This is one reason why it is important to have an updated Plat of Survey done if you are planning on doing any sort of construction on your property.  If you or someone you know is looking for a land surveyor in Brookfield or a land surveyor in Waukesha County, give Land Tech Surveying a call at 262-367-7599 or visit our website at www.wisconsinsurveys.com.

New Berlin Land Surveyor – (262) 367-7599

Land Tech Surveying, LLC recently staked out a condominium in a condo project in New Berlin, Wisconsin.  Land Tech has been involved with this project from the very beginning, and is still in charge of all land surveying operations.  Condos were a very hot item before the economy took a turn for the worse, but people are still buying.  If you or someone you know is looking for condo site, take a look at “The Villas of New Berlin” which is located west on Farrel Drive off of Sunnyslope Road in New Berlin.

If you are looking for a Waukesha County land surveyor, call Land Tech Surveying, LLC at 262-367-7599 or visit our website at www.wisconsinsurveys.com.

Milwaukee Land Surveyor – (262) 367-7599

Last month Land Tech Surveying, LLC completed a boundary survey for a client in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The property consisted of a corner lot which was part of a subdivision called Murray Hill which was subdivided in 1890.  Property surveys of this nature can be very difficult because all original monumentation has disappeared over the years.  The entire block ends up getting resurveyed and the lot is calculated proportionately from there.  In this case it was important to have a survey done because the owner will be building a fence.  If you are building a fence or any other structure, make sure you have an updated boundary survey done.

Call Land Tech Surveying, LLC at 262-367-7599 or visit our website at www.wisconsinsurveys.com.

Sussex Wisconsin Land Surveyor – (262) 367-7599

Last month Land Tech Surveying, LLC completed a boundary survey for a client in Sussex, Wisconsin.  The property consisted of 2 different parcels totaling 2.5 acres.  The owner is looking to build a home on the property at some point, but for the time being, he just wanted to see where the property lines were.  When he does decide to build, the 2 parcels will have to be combined into one.  In order to do this a Certified Survey Map, otherwise known as a CSM will have to be drafted and recorded with Waukesha County Register of Deeds.  For now it was important for the land owner to know where his boundary was so that he can decide where he would like to build and he has a visual of how large his lot is.  If you or someone you know is looking to build a house, contact a land surveyor to start the planning process and have a boundary survey or plat of survey done.

Call Land Tech Surveying, LLC at 262-367-7599 or visit our website at www.wisconsinsurveys.com.

Sussex Land Surveyor – (262) 367-7599

Last month Land Tech Surveying, LLC completed a boundary survey for a client in Sussex, Wisconsin.  The property is a 1 acre residential lot in a subdivision.  It was important for the land owner to know where his boundary was so that when he gets to building a fence, it will stay on his property.  There were also multiple utility easements cutting through the property that were shown on the survey.  If you are about to buy a property, make sure to have an updated survey done before closing.  A small cost ahead of time can save you a fortune in the future.

Call Land Tech Surveying, LLC at 262-367-7599 or visit our website at www.wisconsinsurveys.com.

Genesee Land Surveyor – (262) 367-7599

Last month Land Tech Surveying, LLC completed a boundary survey for a client in Genesee, Wisconsin.  The property consisted of a 78 acre farm, 74 acres of which were part of a conservation easement.  It was really important that the buyer of the property had a survey done in order to show where the conservation easement is located.  There were also multiple utility easements cutting through the property that were shown on the survey.  If you are about to buy a property, make sure to have an updated survey done before closing.  A small cost ahead of time can save you a fortune in the future.

Call Land Tech Surveying, LLC at 262-367-7599 or visit our website at www.wisconsinsurveys.com.