Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
Reasons for Retaining a Land Surveyor
- Buying a property
- Planning on construction improvements within property boundaries
- Adjusting existing parcel boundaries
- Resolving boundary line disputes
- Investigating written records and historical survey evidence
Choosing a Land Surveyor
- Make sure you find a land surveyor licensed by the State of California
- Awareness of your needs and familiarity with local government regulations
- Experience and qualification for the type of survey work to be performed
- Evidence of satisfied customers and good reputation in the community
- Make sure the surveyor is helpful and communicating on a timely basis
Factors Impacting the Cost of a Survey
- Survey type, scope, and complexity
- Quality of legal descriptions and other property ownership documents
- Extent of research required at the County Courthouse, Bureau of Land Management, State Library, Title Companies and/or other repositories of land records
- Property size and shape can impact the number of property corners to mark
- Type of terrain keeping in mind that a level parcel of urban land is easier to survey than a mountainous rural parcel
- Lack of evidence (markers and monumentation) which may require additional field work
- Evidence of old surveys which needs to be analyzed to ensure they are consistent in their findings. Inconsistencies will involve additional research and phone calls.
- Vegetation including branches and bushes near the property boundaries generally need to be cleared to provide a line of sight
- Accessibility to property boundaries including time, distance, and difficulty
- Availability of evidence left by previous surveyors
- Existence of property line disputes
- Degree of cooperation by neighbors in the case of discrepancies
- Title Company/lender requirements regarding documentation
- Filing Fees/recording fees if the map needs to be recorded. CA state statutes dictate that if one of the triggers of a Record of Survey (special filing) exist relative to the property being surveyed, then this can add $1500 - $1800 surcharge over the basic survey scope since there is additional drafting, time in the field, a second trip to the property as well as County filing fees ranging from $400 - $750.
- Travel Distance from the office to the job site
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* Service coverage area: TKM Land Surveyors LP offers services to prospective clients whose property is located in the cities mentioned below: Atherton | Campbell | Cupertino | Fremont | Gilroy | Los Altos | Los Altos Hills | Los Gatos | Menlo Park | Milpitas | Monte Sereno | Mountain View | Palo Alto | Portola Valley | Redwood City | San Jose | Santa Clara | Saratoga | Sunnyvale and other cities in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County.