A land survey costs $250 to $700 on average or $20 to $100 per acre for large land plots. An ALTA or ACSM survey costs $1,000 to $2,000 for a platted lot less than 10,000 sq. ft. Costs depend on the size of the plot and type of survey.
The home buyer typically pays for a land survey, but it's a negotiable item in the contract. A land survey shows the property boundaries, fencing, easements, and encroachments and must be acceptable to the Title Company and Buyer's lender.
A residential property surveyor determines the precise location of property lines, fencing, easements, encroachments, roads, and other features. Surveyors prepare maps, plots, and reports used for deeds, construction, or other legal documents.
A land survey is necessary when:
The main types of land surveys are:
A house survey takes 1.5 to 4 hours to conduct on-site, then 3 to 5 business days for the survey results to come back. The time depends on the size of the plot, quality and availability of property records and deeds, and the surveyor's workload.
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