Surveying

BOUNDARY/EASEMENT DISPUTES
It is often true that boundary/easement line disputes, gaps, and overlaps are a result of legal descriptions which were originally written and recorded without the benefit of the services of a Licensed Land Surveyor.

CONTROL SURVEY
Precise location of horizontal and vertical positions of points for use in boundary determination, mapping from aerial photographs, construction staking, and other related purposes.

COURT EXHIBIT SURVEY
Analysis of various legal descriptions and survey maps; field locating of record, existing monuments, and physical features; and mapping showing this information for the purpose of presenting of visual exhibit to be used in a courtroom.

ENCROACHMENTS
If you instruct the Land Surveyor to show encroachments in the area of concern to you this may be requested.

LAND OWNERSHIP AREA
When providing the Surveyor with a recorded legal description/grant deed, current title report or policy concerning the subject parcel, the Surveyor will then locate the property on the ground, marking the corners with physical monuments, and provide you with a Record Of Survey map (ROS), or Corner Record (CR) showing the results of the survey (please refer to our “Surveying Services” link for more information).

LICENSED LAND SURVEYOR (PLS)
This is an individual who is a Professional Land Surveyor (PLS), and who is licensed with the State of California.

RECORD SEARCH
This varies by (a) the number parcels involved; and (b) the number of past transactions. (This necessary step is complicated by the casual manner in which some land transactions have been handled in the past, resulting in many vague, incomplete, and often contradictory legal descriptions and land records.)

SECTIONALIZED SURVEY WORK
This could require the survey of the entire section (640 acres) in which the land surveyed lies, regardless of the area of the parcel or lot. In some cases, a survey of more than one section is required, depending on the location of the parcel in question, and in relation to the sections shown on the governmental plat.

SURVEY
There are various types of legal surveys that can be performed upon a piece of land. It is important that you understand exactly what your needs are in order for the licensed professional surveyor to determine the appropriate survey (please refer to our “Services” link for more information).

SURVEYING EXISTING EVIDENCE
Existing evidence such as iron, wood, or stone monuments, old fences and occupation lines, witness trees, etc, may aid the Surveyor. Their absence may compound difficulties involved in retracing any original survey.

TITLE COMPANY REQUIREMENTS
Title companies may require considerably more documentation than is normally required by the average land owner. Please consult with your title company to accurately assess your surveying services.

TITLE REPORT
There are different types of Title Reports that can be issued. For example a Title Report to purchase land, a Title Report for Subdivision purposes, or an ALTA (please refer to our “Services” link for more information).

VEGETATION
Branches, brush, and small trees must frequently be cleared (in accordance with any permits required by the local, state, or federal authority) to afford a line of sight for the Surveyor. Shrubs, flowers, and trees on homes sites are normally not disturbed, but may require additional field time to perform work around them.