ALTA means American Land Title Association. This type of survey shows the boundary and location of improvements, which includes fences, utility lines & easements or any structures constructed within the land. Considered as one of the most detailed surveys, the costs can be quite significant too, considering the work civil engineers put on it.
Title insurance and lending companies usually request an ALTA survey when a piece of property is being refinanced or exchanging hands to prevent survey risks, such as boundary line disputes and claims of easements that are not normally found in public records.
Although the result may complicate matters and can even break a decision for acquisition, it definitely reveals and uncover the existence of any problems as well as resolve the issues before any purchase is made. Indeed, a more detailed work gives you more protection!
The areas of ownership, improvements and encumbrances are being shown graphically and it there are any encroachments, the nature of the encroachment is also added and noted in the report. Yes, this type of survey is a gold standard.
- Property boundaries
- Easement and encumbrances
- Evidence of use by other parties
- Names of neighboring property owners
- Land improvements
- Roads and property features
- Access and legal routes to the property
- Zoning classification
- Flood zone classification
- Water boundaries
- Existence of cemeteries
- Legal property description
Play it safe during property transfers and land development or even before signing any legal documents associated with the property. One of the prerequisites is to decide in writing about the details involved in the survey, especially if you are the person responsible for paying the survey. The scope of the survey is a mandatory requirement.
In the United States, there is no guarantee of ownership of real property. A deed is in fact, not a proof of your ownership of real property, it is only evidence that you might own it!
To ensure that your investment is not at risk, you need to understand the land tenure system and the role of the title insurance. The ALTA survey gives an extensive research of the public records and relevant private and quasi-public records.
The field investigation may consist of a diligent search for the original or subsequent survey markers that is typically difficult and time consuming, especially if the evidence has been buried line long abandoned roads or canals.
The field conditions and factors like the amount and density of improvements or even the extent of vegetation is also included. After the boundary corners are determined and satisfied, the land surveyor Utah will then proceed to reset missing corner markers.
An ALTA survey is more complicated than the regular land survey. It includes a topographic survey and the cost tends to be more expensive than the regular land survey.
This type of survey requires substantial research, fieldwork, measurements and documentation and may take weeks or months to complete. If you think you need an ALTA survey, please
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