Land Surveying is one of the oldest professions, dating back to the Bible days and the ancient Egyptians. Deuteronomy 19:14 (KJV) tells us that "Thou shalt not remove thy neighbor's landmark, which they of old time have set." Three of the four men on Mt. Rushmore (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln) were Land Surveyors. Needless to say, with technology and the advancement of civilization much has changed in the professional world of Land Surveying.
We strongly recommend that almost all real estate transactions use a current boundary survey. Relying on older surveys, word of mouth, and unexplained wood stakes or flagging might save money at the time but the potential exists for problems and bigger expenses down the road. In most property disputes and encroachments, the parties involved thought they knew where the property line was.
Chastain & Associates, P.C. provides you with accurate, easy-to-read boundary surveys. Contact us for a free quote!
Chastain & Associates, P.C. uses modern surveying equipment and software to prepare an accurate plat of the property. While all plats must meet minimum state standards, years of experience in dealing with the various ordinances and procedures required by different cities and counties helps us to provide a plat that will meet their requirements for approval. We realize that the client must not only be satisfied with the results on the ground, but also be able to read and understand their survey. Furthermore, we understand the absolute necessity in meeting deadlines and sending the finished product to the client, bank, or attorney quickly and efficiently.
State licensing board rules and good professional practice combine to establish proper procedures for modern boundary surveying practice. The first step is to obtain all available research material and compile it into a pre-survey analysis. This typically consists of deeds and plats of the subject property and all adjoining tracts, as well as any adjacent street or utility right of way information. Secondly the surveyor will make a diligent search of the property for all monumentation and evidence of property lines, using the compiled research as a guide. The third step is the field traverse, where modern high precision equipment is used to measure and locate everything that is essential to the survey. Data reduction and boundary analysis make up the fourth or "office" step. At this point, the conditions on the ground are compared to the appropriate deeds and plats. Using legal principles such as senior rights, rules of evidence, and controlling calls, the precise limits of the property are calculated. The fifth step, if necessary, is to return to the site to establish any missing corners and mark the boundaries as needed. The sixth and final step is the preparation and delivery of the plat.