Providing Surveying Services that Help Restore the Past and Establish the Future

What is a land property survey?

A land survey will establish new boundary lines or re-locate the boundary lines of an existing parcel of land according to an existing legal description.

Types of surveys you may need include:

  • Urban or rural property survey
  • Location survey for mortgage purposes
  • Subdivision survey, when dividing a parcel of land into two or more parcels, as required by statute
  • Topographic survey, to determine the physical features of the land and man-made improvements thereon
  • Construction layout survey for buildings and public utilities
  • Right-of-way surveys for highways and public utilities
  • Land title survey, when there is a question raised by your Title Company regarding boundaries or encroachments

When is a survey needed?

You should always have an up-to-date survey made whenever buying or selling any parcel of land to be sure the deed properly describes and conveys all of the land you are buying or selling. Other situations in which a survey should be performed:

  • When you are splitting or subdividing your land
  • When there is a question pertaining to possible encroachments on the property
  • When you are uncertain of the amount of land you are being assessed for
  • When you are preparing to install a fence or engage in any construction on the property

Why should I choose a Professional Land Surveyor?

All land surveys made in the State of Iowa are required, by law, to be performed by a Surveyor licensed in the State of Iowa. A Professional Land Surveyor renders a highly technical service in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, codes, and court decisions set forth by local, county, state and federal authorities. The professional services provided by the Surveyor will cost less in time, worry, and expense than the cost of losing land to an adjoiner, moving a building, relocating improvements, or defending a lawsuit in court because of a land boundary dispute. No one other than the Surveyor can assume responsibility for the correctness and accuracy of the work.

How much will a survey cost?

Fees charged by professional surveyors are on a level with other professional services. The final cost is dependent upon the kind of survey required and the difficulties encountered, which normally cannot be determined in advance. Based on general experience, however, the Surveyor can usually furnish a reasonable price range. The lowest fee is not always in the best interest of the client. A well-prepared land survey will be the least expensive part of your total land investment cost.

The Team

Each team member has an important part to play in putting together a legal boundary survey.

As the Professional Land Surveyor, Brad Stumbo is the final piece.

Brad Larson conducts courthouse research.

Don Naglak is the crew chief responsible for field data collection.

Aaron Westphalen assists Don in the field and makes sure all materials are prepared and available.

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