• Boundary Retracement Survey – most commonly referred to as a “Property Survey” is a specialized service for identifying, locating and marking “on the ground” (if unmarked) the retraced positions of all property corners for a given tract of land. This service requires deed research and plotting, reconnaissance and recovery of existing corner monumentation, precise field survey measurement, analysis, markation of unmarked corners and in some cases additional data post-processing and optional plan/document preparation/certification.
  • DGPS Reconnaissance Survey – is a lower cost alternative to a more precise boundary retracement survey and utilizes time saving real-time single-frequency WAAS corrected GPS (capable of sub-meter positioning under optimal conditions) to aid in the search for, recovery of and field positioning of existing property line and corner evidence on larger multi-acre parcels. It requires a nominal amount of pre-survey research and data input and is often used during the first reconnaissance stage of a precise large-parcel boundary retracement.
  • Conventional Reconnaissance Survey – is a lower cost alternative to a more precise boundary retracement survey on smaller urban or suburban properties whereby existing corner markings can be searched for and recovered through the use of the property deed, a measuring tape, compass & magnetic locator. This service is in fact one of the first field activities in all boundary retracements but is also useful independently in situations where rough location of property lines will suffice or as a tool to help ascertain if a more precise boundary retracement is necessary.
  • Minor Subdivision – is a service regulated by municipal and county entities necessary to divide a given parcel of land into two or more separate lots for future conveyance to other parties. It involves deed research, reconnaissance, boundary retracement, plan preparation and submission, municipal and county review, attendance at public meetings, preparation of recording documents and surveying for placement of permanent markers at new lot corners.
  • Lot Line Adjustment – is a quasi-subdivision activity also regulated by municipal and county entities that involves changing or altering the course or location of the boundary line(s) between two existing properties. Differs from subdivision in that no new lots are created. Similar to subdivision in terms of required tasks.
  • Deed Research – is an activity conducted, to varying degrees, at the front-end of all boundary retracements and provides the vital documentary evidence necessary for all such work. The service can also be conducted independent of a survey for any number of reasons including but not limited to: resolution of junior/senior rights issues, title origins or historical/genealogical research.
  • Deed Plotting – is a service also conducted at the front-end of all boundary retracements but that can be done independent of a survey. It involves the graphical plotting of deed information using metes and bounds and other data contained in the legal descriptions of deeds.
  • Survey Map Preparation – is a service which graphically depicts the results of a Boundary Retracement survey, DGPS Reconnaissance Survey or Conventional Reconnaissance Survey. Resulting maps are prepared using industry standard CAD software and can be provided digitally and in paper versions.
  • Legal Description Preparation – is a specialized activity whereby a given parcel of land is described in writing. The resulting description is then incorporated into a deed, mortgage or title insurance policy. Legal descriptions are based on field surveys and therefore can only be prepared after a boundary retracement, subdivision or lot line adjustment has been conducted.
  • ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey – is a very specific type of survey regulated by ALTA, ACSM and NSPS for the purpose of graphically illustrating a given property’s boundaries along with all recorded and visible encumbrances and significant improvements. This type of survey derives its record basis solely on a title report together with all referenced or associated documents as supplied by the client. Lenders or title insurance companies most commonly require this type of survey during refinancing or purchases of property. The resulting plan is prepared in accordance with very specific published minimum standards for these types of surveys.A copy of the “Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for Land Title Surveys” can be found on-line at http://www.acsm.net/alta.html
  • Flood Elevation Certificate Survey – is a service to provide field survey information as required to fill out and provide certification for a FEMA Elevation Certificate (certificates can be found online at http://www.fema.gov/nfip/elvinst.shtm).