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When do I need a Land Surveyor? Understanding Types of Surveys

Like any professional service, costs depend on the amount of time and detail needed for the scope of work. There are many variables that make it difficult to determine exact costs in advance. Based on experience, though, your land surveyor should be able to provide a cost estimate. The land surveyor you choose may require a contract for their services that details the work to be done and the compensation required. Below are examples of scenarios that may affect the cost:

American Land Title Association Survey (A.L.T.A.)

Provides a property title company and mortgage lender with location date for issuing a property title and mortgage insurance, such as the boundaries, easements, and the location of improvements (structures, fences, utility lines, roads, etc.). 


Locates property corners and boundary lines of property.



Determines the elevation of a building or piece of land and whether it is located within a floodplain.

Property Survey (Cadastral)

Determines the legal property boundary, when it has already been described in legal documents.


Provides measurements for erecting improvements, such as roads, buildings and pipelines.

Land Development (Partition or Lot Split) 

When a lot is split into two or more parcels, showing property corners and survey data for legal title and description.
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