Questions to Ask a Surveyor

When engaging a surveyor to discuss your next project, it is crucial to provide them with relevant information to ensure an accurate and comprehensive survey. Whether you require a survey for a real estate closing, property dispute, insurance purposes, or construction, understanding the key considerations below will help you obtain the right type of survey and data.

Factors to consider:

  • Clearly communicate the purpose of the survey: Inform the surveyor about the specific reason for requiring a survey. This could include a real estate closing, identification of property boundaries, resolving disputes with neighboring property owners, or obtaining essential data for design and construction purposes.
  • Identify the property type: Specify whether the property is residential, commercial, or industrial. Different property types may have varying survey requirements, such as an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey for commercial or industrial properties.
  • Consider additional survey requirements: Depending on your circumstances, you might need additional survey documents. For instance, if flood insurance is necessary, a Flood Certificate may be required. Similarly, when undertaking construction projects like additions, fences, outbuildings, decks, or pools, some jurisdictions may mandate a survey to ensure compliance with setbacks or easements. If the survey is being used for design, you will need topographic information shown on the survey.
  • Provide relevant information: When contacting a surveyor, gather as much information as possible ahead of time to facilitate the process. This can include the property address, county parcel ID number, owner’s name, and deed references. Such details will assist the surveyor in conducting a thorough and accurate survey.
  • Find a qualified surveyor: Seek licensed surveyors from reputable sources such as the Board of Licensure for Engineers and Land Surveyors website or the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors website. This ensures that you engage professionals with the necessary expertise and credentials.
  • Verify insurance coverage: Always inquire whether the surveyor carries liability and Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance. This coverage protects you in case of mistakes or negligence during the survey process.

Before requesting a survey, remember to keep these key factors in mind. Doing so will ensure the accuracy and effectiveness of the survey and will help keep your project on time and within budget. Contact Sain Associates to learn more about which type of survey best fits your next project!