Why Should I have my property surveyed?

A:  A survey can show things that you might not be able to "see" with your own eyes, such as building restriction lines, sewer easements and possible encroachments, either onto your property or off of your property onto an adjoining property.

A more detailed explanation was recently published in the Washington Post - you can read it here. 

Note: A house location survey does not show where utilities are buried. Please call Miss Utility before you dig!


Q: What is the difference between a House Location drawing & a lot stake survey?

“Survey” is a general term.

A “House Location Survey” is a drawing that shows the location of all the above ground man-made structures that exist on “your property”. It also shows the shape and size of your property as well as any easements, building restriction lines, and other information affecting “your property” not visible to the naked eye.

A lot stake is not a drawing, This survey entails the placement of a permanent marker being set at each of “your” property corners, typically a metal pipe countersunk into the ground with a witness stake set adjacent to the pipe. This type of survey is recommended if you are planning to erect a fence or perform any other type of improvement near the perimeter of your property.

PLEASE NOTE: If a survey was ordered on your behalf, by the title company, when you purchased your home, most likely it Does Not meet the requirements of a survey needed for use in association with a “Permit Application”. Surveys required for permitting commonly require additional information governed by the type of permit you are applying for and the scope of the project.

We are happy to work with you on getting the type of survey needed for your specific Permit Application.


Q: Do I need to be home when the survey crew comes to do their job?

A:  Typically no, but if you have a fenced yard we will need for you to leave a gate unlocked so that they can have access to your property. If you would like to be present at the time of the survey, please let us know when you place order your so that we can schedule a time that works for you.


Q: How much does a survey cost? How long will a survey take?

A: Well.. all properties are not created equal.  Some propertied are ten acres in size and some are a quarter acre. Some parcels have ten property corners, some have four. These factors along with several others are taken into consideration when pricing a survey.

As far as how long a survey takes varies as well.This said the typical House Location Survey and typical Lot Stake survey are completed in less than a week from the time which they’ve been ordered.