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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you need a survey?

What is a survey and what does it consist of?

How much does a survey cost?

How can I find out my FEMA flood elevation?

Where can I get a deed or plat?

Where can I find GIS links?

What is the advantage of using Blake ELS?

 

Why do you need a survey?

The best reason for getting your property surveyed is to protect your biggest investment- your property. It is like Homeowner’s Insurance- you need it to make sure that you are protected in case of the unexpected. A survey can serve a number of purposes. It can be used to legally verify the ownership of property as well as locate trees, creeks, walls, etc. within a property. Surveys can also be used to precisely illustrate where structures can and cannot be built, i.e. a house, garage, patio, pool, walls, etc.

Example: Your client wants to buy a house but there are no definite property corners visible. There is a retaining wall along the assumed property line that needs to be repaired. The client does not want the house if the wall is on the subject property. What should you do?
Answer: You should get a certified land survey. Our professional field crew will locate property corners and all permanent structures including any possible encroachments, i.e. the retaining wall. The result - the house is sold upon discovering that the wall is 0.4 feet on the neighbor’s property.
 

Example: You just purchased a foreclosed home with huge potential, but the only problem is that there is a shed in the backyard that the neighbor is using. It appears to be on your newly purchased property so what should you do?
Answer: Foreclosures have great potential, but they also can have baggage. Our professional field crew can locate the shed in relation to all property lines to legally prove if the shed needs to be vacated or if the shed is rightfully the neighbors.
 

Example: You just purchased a house that guarantees a quick turnover, but there is a sewer manhole in the back yard that is not shown on the recorded plat. What do you do?
Answer: This is another reason to purchase an inexpensive certified land survey which will show all sewer structures, easements, etc. The manhole may be abandoned or it may have a 24” pipe running under the house. This is not a fictional story, it is an actually case that Blake Engineering & Land Surveying Inc. has encountered.

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What is a survey and what does it consist of?

There are many different types of surveys, depending on what your needs are. In most cases, a land survey consists of constructing a map or plat of a particular piece of property using legal documents and descriptions of the property. A field crew is sent to the property to collect and record information and verify information from legal documents. Most surveys include location of all permanent structures, such as buildings, fences, walls, driveways, roads, pools, patios, decks, etc. It also includes location of utilities such as power, sewer, gas, etc. and their easements. All collected data is then taken to a draftsman who will draft the map of the property and calculate the boundary. The end product is inspected and then stamped by a Licensed and Registered Land Surveyor. The field crew may then return to the property to set any missing property corners if needed.
 

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How much does a survey cost?

Since there are different types of surveys, prices can vary. For a typical boundary survey of less than one acre of property, the price is normally $425.00. If the property is more than an acre, the price is calculated by area, time to complete and the type of survey needed.

In most cases, surveys save you time and money by helping to prove what belongs to whom. Our field crews are highly trained and know exactly what to look for in order to protect our clients. Encroachments on adjacent properties can lead to lawsuits and disputes among neighbors which can lead to unnecessary problems. A survey tells you where your boundaries are and helps you plan on what you can do with your land.

 

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How can I find out my FEMA flood elevation?

The FEMA Map Service Center has all the information you need about flood planes and elevations. Visit
www.msc.fema.gov to find out if your property is in a mapped flood hazard area.

 

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Where can I get a deed or plat?

Visit the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority's website at www.gsccca.org/search/ to purchase recorded deeds and plats.

 

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Where can I find GIS links?

Get information about Geographical Information Systems (GIS) links from the GIS Pilot program based in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Search for links at www.gispilot.com/links.shtml.

 

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What is the advantage of using Blake ELS?

We specialize in providing a prompt, precise service with a quick turnaround time at the best price. Our staff is well-trained to cater to all of your needs, no matter how simple or complex. While other survey companies may tell you that your requests are too small or not worth the effort, we at Blake Engineering & Land Surveying Inc. have an obligation to you, the customer, to provide whatever service we can. If it is important to you, it is important to us!

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