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While many things appear on an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey, here are a few of the key features:

  • The location of the property boundary and easements
  • The location of each structural improvement – for example, fences, roads, walkways, buildings)
  • Public road access
  • Information on the neighboring land owners
  • Information concerning possible encroachments
  • Possible cemeteries that once existed on the land

When Do You Need an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey?

There are several reasons why you might want to have an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey completed. First, to purchase title insurance for the land, you need to conduct a land survey. In addition, many lenders and insurance companies require an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey before approving your insurance or loan.

If you own and run a business, an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey helps reduce any legal nightmares. Unfortunately, purchasing commercial properties has a certain amount of enhanced risk. Boundary disputes, undesirable easements, and encroachments can devalue your property or end in unwanted legal battles. An ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey helps you identify potential property problems before closing. It also helps you discover any information revealing the land is not for you.

Before purchasing a piece of property, it is helpful to complete a quality ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey. JLH Land Surveying combines years of experience with quality customer service. We want to help protect your interests and provide you with a better idea of whether a property is right for you!


What Are Boundary Surveys?

Boundary surveys show the relationship of the property boundary with any onsite improvements. Items such as buildings, fences, patios, driveways, sidewalks, electric/gas/water meters, etc. The surveyor will research deeds and platted easements to show on the Plat of Survey.

Why Get A Boundary Survey?

Consider a boundary survey before dividing, buying, improving, or building on a piece of land. Boundary lines often become misconstrued over time. Boundary lines blur for many reasons. For example, there can be physical changes in topography, land subdivisions, or a too-close neighbor’s fence. If not properly identified and corrected, the unnoticed inaccuracies can pose problems. In addition, most lenders and title companies require a survey before the sale closes instead of relying on past surveys.


What Is A Topographic Land Survey?

A topographic land survey focuses on the natural and manmade features of the land. This survey reports the hills, ravines, trees, streams, buildings, and fences. It also shows the size, location, and height of any additions and improvements to the land. Finally, it shows the changes or contours in elevation. A topographic survey’s results are not physically marked with stakes but instead drawn as contour lines on a map. Thanks to sophisticated computer programs, the map is often digital and interactive.

When Do I Need a Topographic Survey?

Topographic land surveys are helpful for many things. Nearly any construction project starts with a topographic land survey. In addition, engineers and architects use these surveys as an aid to help design buildings or make other improvements to a property. The survey shows what existing features influence where structures can go. 

Topographic surveys are also helpful when creating plans for grading, drainage ditches, or other features. In these cases, topographic surveys help use the natural landscape as the basis for such improvements. Next, government agencies sometimes require topographic surveys. Third, topographic surveys help with regulatory requirements for construction codes or environmental restoration projects. Finally, topographic land surveys come in handy when redeveloping a piece of land. Topographic surveys provide an accurate view of how the land is changing in its current use and allow for better planning for future use.

Before you decide to begin a large construction project, it is beneficial to have a topographic land survey. JLH Land Surveying has years of experience completing these surveys with accurate results. Contact us today to learn more!


What Are Subdivision and Consolidation Plats?

A lot consolidation plat is remapping two or more adjacent parcels of land to combine them into one larger parcel. A subdivision plat is remapping a larger parcel of land and subdividing it into multiple lots. 

When Would I Need A Subdivision Plat?

There are a few reasons why dividing a large parcel of land into smaller ones is beneficial. For example, you might already have a house on a large piece of land and need it subdivided. Maybe you want to create a new lot for a family member to build on. You might also want to sell a piece of land to a development company to create new lots as part of a residential land development project. Whether dividing a lot into two pieces or 30, you will need a subdivision plat.

When Would I Need A Consolidation Plat?

There are several reasons why it could be beneficial to consolidate two or more parcels of land. For example, if you live near a vacant or abandoned lot, you might want to purchase the land and consolidate both into a single piece of property. Next, you might have acquired multiple lots and want to develop them into a larger facility (a campground, private acreage, resort, etc.). Finally, you might want to sell multiple adjacent lots to a commercial developer. In all of these cases, you will need a consolidation plan.

JLH Land Surveying does the work of consolidating or subdividing a lot quickly, simply, and easily! See how we can help today!

Aerial Mapping

What Is Aerial Mapping?

Aerial mapping has revolutionized the field of land surveying, providing surveyors with a powerful tool to gather accurate and comprehensive data about the Earth’s surface. This innovative technique involves the use of aircraft, drones, or satellites equipped with specialized sensors and cameras to capture high-resolution images and topographic information of the terrain below.

What Are the Benefits of Aerial Mapping?

Precision and Efficiency

Aerial mapping allows surveyors to cover large areas quickly and efficiently, reducing the time and effort required for traditional ground-based surveys. This precision and speed enable surveyors to complete projects faster, which is particularly valuable for large-scale developments, infrastructure projects, and land management initiatives.

High-Resolution Data

Aerial mapping technology provides exceptionally detailed data, including topographic maps, orthophotos, and 3D models. This level of detail is critical for accurate land surveying, enabling surveyors to identify land features, boundaries, and elevation changes with unprecedented clarity.

Remote Access

Aerial mapping is particularly advantageous in remote or hard-to-reach areas where conducting ground surveys can be challenging or impractical. It allows surveyors to collect data without physically accessing the site, minimizing risks and costs associated with fieldwork.

Environmental Monitoring

Aerial mapping is also instrumental in environmental monitoring and conservation efforts. It can track changes in landscapes over time, assess the impact of land use changes, and aid in natural disaster management by providing up-to-date information on affected areas.

Integration with GIS

Aerial mapping data can be seamlessly integrated with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, allowing surveyors to analyze, manage, and visualize land data effectively. This integration enhances decision-making processes for land development, urban planning, and resource management.

Cost Savings

While initial investment in aerial mapping technology can be significant, it often results in substantial long-term cost savings. The efficiency gains, reduced fieldwork requirements, and improved accuracy translate into lower project expenses and quicker project turnaround times.


What Is An As-Built Survey?

An as-built survey’s name gives it away. This survey involves surveying a project in the building process. The survey is often completed on commercial and residential properties. It shows the status of improvements to a piece of land as they appear at a particular time. 

As-built surveys are imperative for construction projects! They make things run smoothly from the planning stage through the project completion. The survey ensures the building meets the specifications of the site plan. 

The type and extent of the construction project dictate the frequency and number of as-build surveys completed. As-built surveys are typically superimposed over the design plans to clearly show any differences in construction.

When Are As-Built Surveys Needed?

As-Built surveys verify local and state boards. They show that the authorized construction work is being (or has been) completed according to the specifications set during the planning stage. In addition, the survey shows the building inspector that a project under construction complies with zoning regulations. 

As-Built surveys are not only needed to follow regulatory requirements but are also extremely useful to the contractors themselves. The surveys help contractors evaluate their progress and compare the original plans to the survey to make adjustments. The survey also helps contractors follow their completion timeline by measuring progress to date. Finally, as-built surveys can even help with accounting, showing what parts of a project are complete, so the workers’ or subcontractors’ pay is current.

JLH Land Surveying has years of experience completing accurate, detailed, and informative as-built surveys that comply with state and local surveying standards. Call us today!

We Also Offer…

  • Easement Plats
  • Annexation Plats
  • Horizontal & Vertical Control Networks
  • Condominium Surveys
  • Elevation Certificates
  • Boundary Dispute Consultation
  • Data Collection
  • Right of Way Surveys
  • Residential Surveys