When you hire a surveyor, you’re expecting someone reliable and honest to show up to your property and do the job right. There shouldn’t be any guesswork involved in picking the right company for the job. That’s why you should talk to a land surveyor in Durham before you agree to hire them.
Learn more about land surveying in North Carolina and what type you might need for your next deal or project. If you have any questions or want to get a free quote, you can talk to one of our professionals for free any day of the week.
ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys
When you need a thorough, detailed analysis of your property, an ALTA/NSPS land title survey may be the choice for you. These surveys measure the boundaries of your property, the utilities and improvements on your land, and any easements or access points.
ALTA/NSPS land title surveys are perfect for a situation in which you need to know about possible insurance or legal issues that could arise—say, when you need a title commitment from an insurance company. Lenders and buyers may also want a detailed ALTA survey before committing to a sale, mortgage, or loan.
Because these assessments are done in accordance with the strict guidelines set by the American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), they are widely accepted in every state, but they may take your Durham land surveyor longer than less comprehensive surveys. In some cases, ALTA surveys can take weeks.
Boundary surveys are the less-detailed, simpler version of an ALTA/NSPS survey. These just evaluate the boundary lines of your property, where structures are in relation to those lines, and any possible disputes there might be with neighboring properties.
Boundary surveys are popular with people who want a basic understanding of their land’s borders. This can be useful when you’re starting a new project or deciding where to put fences or other features on the boundary of your property.
Since boundary surveys are much simpler than ALTA/NSPS surveys, they often take less time and are much cheaper. With the right surveyor, you could have your survey completed in under a week.
FEMA Elevation Certificates
One of the leading reasons that people get land surveys in North Carolina is to have official documentation on file for lenders and buyers. This is especially true for FEMA elevation certificates, which are used when buying flood insurance. You don’t have to live by the coast to need a FEMA elevation certificate—you just need to own property.
FEMA elevation certificates are meant to show where there are flood risks on your property and what is most vulnerable. Your surveyor will assess what flood zone your property is in, building features that could be at risk, and the lowest floor elevation of your structure.
There’s a chance that, if you bought a property and have made no changes to the structures, there may already be a FEMA certificate available. If that’s the case, you should contact the previous owner. If not or if you’ve built new improvements on your property, you can call a Durham land surveyor to get a certificate.
Other Types of North Carolina Land Surveys
The services we can provide extend beyond the basics, and we tailor our surveys to each customer’s needs. Some of the other types of surveys that you can get in North Carolina include:
- Topographic surveys for new landscaping, construction, or drainage projects
- Subdivision surveys for splitting your land into parcels
- Construction layouts to plan out new buildings
If another party has requested your survey, they most likely have a specific type in mind. You should consult with them if you’re not sure what kind of survey you need. If that’s not the case, you can consult with a Durham land surveyor from our company for free. One of our professionals can assess your situation and tell you what your options are.
How Much does a Land Survey in Durham Cost?
This is a tricky question because every survey is different. In general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $1,000 or more. Because we treat every client as a unique individual, there’s no universal price for our services. Some things that could affect your land survey’s price include:
- How long it takes to complete the survey
- How difficult it is to survey your land
- How detailed your survey needs to be
To keep your costs as low as possible, our surveyors will show up on time, use advanced equipment and techniques to efficiently survey your property, and be honest with you about the timeframe of the assessment. The most reliable way to learn how much your survey could cost is to talk to a real person who is experienced in land surveying.
Get a Free Quote on Your Land Survey in Durham
You should know what’s going to happen during your survey and how much it might cost you. To get a good idea of what you’re agreeing to, you can talk to a Durham, North Carolina, land surveyor from Scalice, P.C.
To talk to a professional and get a FREE estimate, call us or contact us online today. Someone from our company is available to talk to you seven days a week, and you can call us 24 hours a day.