When is a survey necessary?
A1. While surveys
are only legally required in a few circumstances, dependent on state
or county ordinances, it is always in your best interest to conduct
- Before a land title
is conveyed, to clarify boundaries and acreage. The survey should also
make certain that land usage conforms to the legal description of the
property (i.e., no encroachments, overlaps, gaps, etc.)
land is subdivided. Most Georgia cities and counties require that
a subdivision plat be placed on record.
- Before undertaking
improvements (buildings, fences, etc.) By confirming absolute boundaries,
you can prevent encroachments on adjoining property and avoid possible
litigation. · Before an estate is partitioned by will. Recorded partition
plats will assure that your intentions are carried out properly.
What are the responsibilities of the surveyor?
A2. A responsible
surveyor will perform all contracted work in accordance with state laws,
local regulations, and high ethical stands. Specifically, he or she may:
- · Study your property
description and render a professional opinion as to the boundaries of
- · Survey your property,
and adjacent property if necessary
- · Advise if there
are defects in your land description or evidence of encroachment
- · Set marked monuments
at property corners and maintain file records at his or her office
- · Prepare a certified
plat of survey for your property, indicating measurements, monuments,
and other requested information
- · Help plan and
layout a subdivision into lots and streets
- · File a copy of
maps or plats with the appropriate office (if required by law or at
- · Locate visible
easements, buildings, fences, rights of way, encroachments, and other
- · Inform all interested
parties or progress and results
- · Cooperate with
your attorney, realtor, banker, engineer, or architect
- · Write a legal
description of the property
- · Supply you with
required copies of the plat or map, each with certification and signature
What does the surveyor need from me to get started?
A3. You will need
to provide the surveyor with:
- · The purpose and
type of survey
- · Your deed or
a copy of it
- · Any available
plats and information about the locations of corners and lines
- · A brief history
- · Information about
disputed property lines
- · An abstract and
title opinion, if available (and requested by the surveyor)
What is the cost of a survey?
A4. A number of factors
determine the final cost of a survey. These can include the time to:
- · Search court
records for evidence to reestablish original boundaries
- · Conduct the field
- · Make computations
- · Prepare a plat
- · Mark the properties
lines if requested
- · Place corners
as required by state law
The following factors
can increase the cost of a survey:
- · Missing property
- · Disputed lines
- · Rough terrain
- · Heavy underbrush
- · Poor land descriptions
within old records
- · Travel time to
To reduce the possibility
of a misunderstanding, surveyors often request that you sign an agreement
that includes a description of the work to be done, approximate completion
date, a lump sum price or estimated fee, and a payment schedule
Where can I find a registered surveyor?
A5. We suggest you
call Seiler & Associates at (678) 565-9200.
Most licensed surveyors
are listed in the Yellow Pages of the telephone directory under "Surveyors-Land."
You can verify registration of a surveyor with the State Board of Registration
for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (link to www.sos.state.ga.us/ebd-pels/)
How can I be sure a surveyor is reputable?
A6. Only a competent
registered land surveyor, licensed by the State Board of Registration
for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, is legally permitted to
perform a survey in the State of Georgia. Qualifications are established
by state law, and all qualified surveyors must possess evidence of a current
license to practice land surveying.
The following recommendations
will help assure you make the right choice:
- · If any doubt
exists, contact the Georgia State Board of Registration for Professional
Engineers and Land Surveyors (same link as above) to verify that the
individual or firm is properly certified.
- · Be sure that
your survey map or plat bears the prescribed seal of a Registered Land
Surveyor. The law requires each registered surveyor to stamp plats with
a professional seal. This seal must bear the words "Registered Land
Surveyor," the inscription "Georgia," and the name and license number
of the land surveyor responsible for the work.
- · Beware of persons
or companies offering to survey your land on the basis of an "arrangement"
with a Registered Land Surveyor. The law allows Registered Land Surveyors
to utilize employees or subordinates, but only under direct supervision.
The Registered Land Surveyor must take full responsibility for the survey.
- · Exercise caution
in contracting for a "low bid survey." You may receive an illegal and
worthless survey map, not suitable for recording, and inadequate for
- · Deal directly
with the Registered Land Surveyor, and make payments for services only
to the Registered Land Surveyor or the associated firm.
How do I request a survey from Seiler & Associates?
A. Just call our office
at (678) 565-9200, fax us at (678) 565-9621, or drop us an e-mail at:
Make sure to tell
us as much as you can about your survey need. We'll send back a detailed
written proposal at no charge to you.