How is a property survey obtained?
Property surveys must be performed by a Professional Land Surveyor who has been licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, P.O. Box 8935 at Madison, Wisconsin 53708-8935; Phone (608) 266-2112.
Consult local attorneys, local government offices, realtors, bankers, title insurance companies and the phone directory "Yellow Pages" for local area land surveying firms.
What will a property survey cost?
Costs depend upon many conditions, such as:
- availability and adequacy of property records.
- previous surveying monuments and mapping.
- difficult terrain, heavy foliage and access.
- survey complexity and regulatory compliance.
- inclement weather and seasonal conditions.
- other limitations, service costs and expenses.
An estimate of cost and a time schedule will normally be provided in writing by the Land Surveyor.
What will the surveyor do for me?
- The legal description of your property and related records will be evaluated and a survey made to locate, measure and monument the property boundaries and corners so they can be easily identified.
- A record of survey measurements, notes and computations will be made, a survey plat or map prepared for public records, and copies provided as may be required.
- The property survey will be completed in compliance with applicable state, county and other local government laws, codes and regulations.
- You will be informed of the discovery of any property description, boundary location, trespass, encroachment or other related problems that you should be aware of.
Upon completion of the property survey, it is recommended that the boundary corner monuments be protected and preserved by the property owner.
What information will the surveyor need for a property survey?
A copy of property deeds, abstract of title or title insurance commitment and maps and other available information relating to the property.
If necessary, meet the Land Surveyor at the survey site for inspection or consultation.
Consult with the Land Surveyor at the earliest opportunity; in some cases a survey may require several weeks to complete.
A survey is a good investment.
Professional land surveying and mapping services will involve less time, concern and expense than moving a building or other improvements, revising your land development plans or defending a land boundary dispute in a court of law.
To prevent or deter such litigation, undue costs and inconvenience, retain the services of a Professional Land Surveyor prior to any land investments and property developments.
Historical impact of surveying.
Since 5000 BC, surveying has served the political, economic and social needs of our society by defining and locating property boundaries, features and improvements.
In Wisconsin, the original survey of our lands into townships, ranges and sections began in 1831, from the border with Illinois and northward until completion in about 1865.
From the Egyptian "rope stretchers," ancient surveying measurement tools have progressed to the chain and compass, to the transit and tape, to electronic distance and directional instruments, to the current GPS satellite receivers for modern surveying and mapping.
Computation and mapping tools have also progressed from manual devices and methods to electronic computers for calculations, data bases and computer aided drafting (CAD).