Q: Why Should I Get a Survey?
A: A survey can show things that you might not be able to "see" like building restriction lines, easements and encroachments, by either your property or an adjoining property. A more detailed explanation was published recently in the Washington Post - you can read it here.
*note a survey will not show where utilities are buried please call Miss Utility before you dig!
Q: What is the difference between a Location drawing/plat & a boundary or lot stake survey?
A Location drawing /plat is just that a drawing that shows the location of all the manmade structures that were found on the property at the time of the survey. It is useful for showing easements and building restriction lines etc. and other things you might not be able to "see" on the property. When a survey crew does a lot stake. There is no drawing, but they will leave Iron pipe, similar to rebar, countersunk so that mowers won't catch them etc. and then a wooden "guide" stake next to the pipe. The pipe is the actual "corner" of the parcel. This is helpful if you are planning to do construction or erect a fence, as your contractors is SURE of where the property line is.
ALSO PLEASE NOTE: If your title company ordered your survey for a real estate transaction we probably did a survey for title transfer. This IS NOT THE SAME as a survey for permitting or construction. Each jurisdiction has their own requirements for permitting and surveys. We will be happy to work with you to get you the survey that you need for permitting.
Q: Do I need to be home?
A: Nope, but please do leave gates unlocked and If you have dogs make sure they are put away securely. If you would like to be present please let us know when you order your services so that we can arrange a good time.
Q: How much does it cost? How long will it take?
A: Well.. all properties are different. Some are 10 acres and some are .05 acres. Some parcels have 10 corners and some have 4, and then there is the weather! So these kinds of questions almost always depend on your lot and the service / type of survey you want/need. That said, we are great at what we do and can have most projects turned around with in a week.