Commercial

Why should I consider Meridian Land Surveying, Inc?
Are you up on the latest technologies?
What software are you able to deliver in?
What about insurance?
What do you do differently from other companies?

Residential

Why should I get my land surveyed?
The Realtor pointed out where the line is when she showed me the house. Why should I pay a surveyor to mark what I already know?
How is a land surveyor more qualified than a Realtor?
When do I need a land survey other than at time of purchase?
Are there any other benefits to having my land surveyed?
But I don't actually need a survey because I have title insurance, right?

Frequently Asked Questions

COMMERCIAL

Why should I consider Meridian Land Surveying, Inc?

At Meridian Land Surveying, Inc., the licensed professional does almost all of the work. In most companies the licensed professional “supervises” several field crews, who sometimes are of questionable quality. In fact all of the major work tasks are parceled out to unlicensed individuals who could be at any point on the path towards being qualified. This includes the courthouse research and the CAD work. The chances for errors and miscommunications are high. Just getting answers as to the status of your project can be challenging. At Meridian Land Surveying, Inc. the licensed professional is always just a phone call away.

Are you up on the latest technologies?

Yes, our tool box includes reflectorless robotic transits, RTK GPS, barcode reading laser levels, and more. We are fully wireless-enabled with Blackberries and air cards for our laptops. We are integrated into the latest technologies and we work hard to stay that way. As such, we can bring new and innovative approaches to projects.

What software are you able to deliver in?

AutoCAD 2007, CAiCE / Microstation version 7.

What about insurance?

We are fully covered for errors and omissions and for liability to the limits required by most public agencies.

What do you do differently from other companies?

You deal directly with the decision maker on every issue. I have first hand knowledge of the project and I bring that to every meeting. We can basically be your survey project manager from the proposal stage to delivery. We can write the survey portion of the proposal for you if necessary. We will go with you to the presentations to answer any agency questions if needed.

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RESIDENTIAL

Why should I get my land surveyed?

The land surveyor’s role in the land ownership and transfer process is to correctly and very precisely define the extents of the land you are buying. The land surveyor will study the public records and find the land description of the subject property, and then will follow that description on the ground to find the existing property markers. If those property markers are not in, which is often the case, the land surveyor will set new ones and flag them up with bright colored ribbon for everyone to see. Of all of the professionals you may deal with, the realtor, the real estate attorney, the appraiser, only the land surveyor is qualified to determine your property lines.

The Realtor pointed out where the line is when she showed me the house. Why should I pay a surveyor to mark what I already know?

How do you know that the realtor knows where they are? How do you know they were being truthful? Aren’t they interested in selling you a house? Many people have been led to believe that their line is “just over there past those trees,” often by realtors who may not have intended to deceive, but just weren’t qualified to determine property boundaries. Whether the realtor is right or wrong, he or she bears no responsibility or liability for the location of the property line. The surveyor however, is licensed by the state to do just that, and by stamping and signing a survey plat, they are certifying to you that their interpretation of the public records and location of the property boundaries is correct.

How is a Land Surveyor more qualified than a Realtor?

The state of Georgia licenses land surveyors to protect the public welfare. To obtain licensure a surveyor first becomes licensed as a Land Surveyor In Training (L.S.I.T.). This requires completion of several college level courses and spending a period of time in responsible charge of land surveying activity, usually 4 years. Then he or she is required to spend an additional 4 years in responsible charge of land surveying activity and then pass a two day examination. The land surveyor is trained in the legal aspects of property ownership and the principles of measurement science. This coupled with the long apprenticeship most land surveyors obtain leaves the average land surveyor uniquely qualified to determine property boundaries.

When do I need a land survey other than at time of purchase?

Here are three reasons: One, if you think that something on your property might be encroaching on your neighbor or if you think that your neighbor might be encroaching on your property. Two, if you have an ambiguous land description. In a modern deed your land should be described by “bearings and distances” that when combined with found existing property corners will allow a land surveyor to follow with a pretty high degree of precision your boundaries. But many old descriptions use language such as, “from the old willow tree along the land of Mrs. Hattfield, thence west along the lands of McElridge, etc.” This kind of property description is inexact and can lead to boundary disputes. The quicker this description is replaced with a precise and accurate modern description the less likely that problems will arise. Third, if you or your neighbor is contemplating putting up a building or swimming pool anywhere near the property line then a licensed land surveyor should be called.

Are there any other benefits to having my land surveyed?

Yes. With a land survey, generally, the title to your property is more marketable. When you hold a plat signed by a surveyor what you hold in your hand is basically an insurance policy good for 7 years, insuring that you own what is depicted and that there are no problems with encroachments, easements, etc.

But I don't actually need a survey because I have title insurance, right?

Wrong! Read your policy carefully. First, ascertain that it is made out to and insures you, and that you do not just have a copy of a policy that insures the lender. If it is made out to you and if the title insurer did not require a land survey, then I will almost guarantee you that there is a line in your policy similar to “excepting anything that a recent land survey would show.” In other words whatever might be discovered by a land survey, for example an encroaching neighbor’s fence and tool shed, an old road that used to exist before the land you own was developed, unmarked graves, etc. will not be covered by your title insurance policy.

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