Purchasing real estate is one of the most important
decisions in a persons life. Enlisting the services
of a Professional Land Surveyor before planning your
home or development and investing your funds assures
protection of your interest. The Professional Land Surveyor
will help you with questions you may have concerning
your property or the services he will be providing.
The Land Surveyor should be furnished with all property
information that you may have in your personal records.
(i.e. deeds, title policies, previous surveys, etc.)
The Professional Land Surveyor provides the information
necessary for further efforts by Architects, Planners,
or Engineers. In cases of litigation, he will appear
in court as an expert witness, and his testimony is
accepted by the court as professional evidence. He is
guided by the laws of the State of Alabama, and a code
of ethics which insures standards of responsibility
for the protection of the public welfare.
Do You Need A Survey?
When purchasing real estate
• When submitting various zoning applications
concerning real estate
• When subdividing real estate
• When developing real estate (construction
of roads, buildings, fences, pools, etc.)
• When a boundary dispute arises
Use Professional Land Surveyors?
forefathers knew the value of owning property and the
necessity of establishing a system for the subdividing
of property. These learned men also were aware of the
need for accurate records and maps of the ownership
of the various parcels. Our country was very "small"
when George Washington, a surveyor, became our first
President; and when Thomas Jefferson, our third President
and a surveyor, set down in writing the guidelines for
dividing our country into parcels for individual ownership.
These guidelines are the basis of the way land is subdivided
today. It is this inherent right of ownership, these
great men were a part of creating, that makes today's
registered land surveyor one of the most important professionals
to employ for any real estate transaction. Although
only a court of law can determine ownership, only the
Land Surveyor, who has qualified himself or herself
through education, experience and who has passed an
examination for registration required by the State of
Alabama, can determine boundaries of property.
Much Will A Survey Cost?
surveying costs are dependent upon many factors, such
as the type of survey required, availability of existing
records and monuments, the type of terrain and location
of the work to be performed. Competitive bidding for
the lowest cost does not necessarily assure the best
interest of the client or the Land Surveyor. In addition
to salary costs, surveying fees include allowances for
business overhead, such as taxes, insurance, office
rent, telephone, postage, electricity and other items
of cost essential for the conduct of a Land Surveying
business. The costs for monuments, travel time, copying
and recording fees and other direct expenses must be
calculated and are often charged in addition to the
normal per diem fee. Because of these variables it is
often difficult to determine an exact fee; however,
based on general experience the Surveyor can usually
furnish an approximate estimate of cost.
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