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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

There are often questions you, as a client, may have regarding our surveying services.  We have prepared the following questions and answers in an attempt to assist you.  If, however, you do not find the information you need in our list below, please give us a call.  

1. HOW DOES A SURVEYOR FIND THE CORNERS OF MY PROPERTY?
If your property is located within a subdivision:  We use the Brass Cap Monuments set by the developer when the final plat for your subdivision was filed with the Maricopa County Recorder (M.C.R.).  These monuments are usually located in the center of an intersection or in the centerline of the road, where the road curves.

Our surveyor uses the bearings (N 23°15' 30? E) and distances (141.39') from these monuments to locate the precise corners of your lot. It is interesting to note that a surveyor measures the distance in feet and decimals of a foot, not inches.

If your property is not located within a subdivision then it is what we call an aliquot part of a section.

Our surveyor must then use the Section Corners set years ago and filed on government plats.  A Section is one mile by one mile and the surveyor may need to survey the whole section in which your parcel lies, no matter how large or small your parcel is.  This is an exacting and time consuming process.

2. WHY DOES MY SURVEY COST SO MUCH?
The first thing we must do is research your parcel:
  • County & City information including recently filed plats
  • Bureau of Land Management (B.L.M.) records
  • Benchmark data search for elevation / horizontal determination
  • Title reports when necessary
  • Our surveyor then spends time calculating the distances and angles from the control points to your property.
During the actual fieldwork, we perform a reconnaissance to find relevant monuments, old markers and local control points, sometimes buried under asphalt, being sure to verify their correctness.

A mountainous parcel of land is more difficult to survey than a level parcel of land.  Heavy shrubs, trees and boulders along the property lines make survey measurements difficult.

We then run a traverse (a route) from the found control monuments to your parcel & lastly set your property corners. We always make note of any encroachments (walls, out buildings, roofs of adjacent homes, driveways, etc.). We certify every service we provide either with a Plat or Letter of Certification.

You may find it interesting to know that a surveyor is held responsible for his work until he dies.

3. HOW MANY ACRES OR HOW MUCH LAND DO I OWN?
We will always provide the acreage or square footage of your property, just ask.

4. I FOUND SOME OLD CORNER PINS WITH TAGS ON MY PROPERTY, CAN YOU USE THEM?
As professional surveyors, we believe we provide the most accurate service for our client’s when we calculate your parcels location by starting from the monuments noted on your filed subdivision plat or the Section Monuments set by the Government Land Office (G.L.O.). We have no way of knowing if another surveyor’s pins have been accurately set.

5. CAN YOU HELP ME IDENTIFY THE SURVEYOR WHO SET THE CORNER PINS I FOUND?
We will be happy to assist you; there is usually a brass washer or plastic cap attached to these pins noting the registrant’s number.  However, you can also access the Professional Registrant’s tab on the State of Arizona Technical Board of Registration’s Website.

6. WHAT IF I ONLY NEED ONE CORNER OF MY PROPERTY SET? 

By the time a surveyor has researched your parcel, found the controlling monuments and surveyed to your lot he has established what we call “control.”  From that point forward he can usually set all of your corners in a reasonable amount of time. 

7.  DO I NEED TO GET A SURVEY BEFORE I BUILD A WALL?
We always advise knowing exactly where your property lines are before building something as expensive as a wall.  It is not only prudent but much less expensive than resolving an encroachment problem through the courts.

8.  WHAT IF MY PROPERTY LINES & CORNERS DO NOT MATCH MY FILED PLAT?

When a surveyor finds a material discrepancy between the monuments on the filed plat and their actual physical location, he is required to file a new plat with the county recorder showing these discrepancies.  This unplanned discrepancy requires additional time for us to prepare the correctional plat and therefore is an additional expense.

 
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