DEED: A document which is used to transfer land between owners. It contains information about the seller (grantor), buyer (grantee), and a legal description of the property. A metes and bounds description will assist the surveyor in determining the property boundaries. However, not all descriptions are written in a metes and bounds format.
TITLE REPORT: A private insurance document that contains information about encumbrances on the property such as mortgages, liens, and easements. These are listed as "exceptions" not covered by title insurance. The legal description and record owner are also noted on this report. Some projects require a copy of the title report to prepare the survey.
BOUNDARY SURVEY: Locating (and verifying placement) or replacing missing property corner monuments and locating the improvements on the property in relation to the boundary line. K-1 and K-2 surveys are boundary surveys requested on a real estate purchase contract.
SHORELINE CERTIFICATON SURVEY: An application to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to determine the specific location of the shoreline as evidenced by debris, vegetation, and other factors. This survey is necessary for oceanfront properties to determine building setbacks and limits of state controlled beachfront.
TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY: The careful measurement of the elevation and features of the property, used by design professionals to create grading and drainage plans or siting proposed structures.
SUBDIVISION MAP: Boundary data and physical features mapped in conformance with the County Subdivision Ordinance. A proposed subdivision map is submitted to County Planning Department whereupon certain actions may be taken or added information may be required before approval is granted.
A.L.T.A/A.C.S.M. TITLE SURVEYS: Specific title surveys requested by title insurance companies and mortgage companies. They contain boundary information, easement locations, and optionally, improvements and topographic information.
Our goal is to provide technical expertise and timely response to property boundary surveys and mapping requirements. Projects are usually completed on a first come basis, but if you need immediate closure, we can rush certain projects.