Residential Land Surveying
DuSouth Surveying and Engineering serves the northeast Georgia area with professional surveying and civil engineering services for both commercial and residential needs. We know the local requirements for any residential area, and our experience will help ensure that your survey documents will be accurate and timely.
Below are a few of the residential services offered:
A Georgia Minimum standard (also called a “boundary survey”) is the most common type of survey, and most notably used in mortgages and home loans. A plat (or scale drawing) is drawn which shows property lines, distances along these lines, bearings, and acreage. The drawings will include any property improvements that may exist, such as buildings, hardscaping, fences, pools, or permanent structures. The surveyors will also flag all corners and re-set any pins that are missing.
Property Line Staking and Corner Markers
Knowing exactly where your properly line is can be important and necessary many times for a home owner. Having the lines staked helps resolve simple things like lawn care and landscaping maintenance responsibilities and more complex things like additions, buildings, fences and trees. The number of stakes depends on how straight the property lines are and any interference like brush, trees, hills, or other naturally occurring barriers. Sometimes, with very straight property lines, you may chose to just mark the corners of the property lines which can save survey time and money.
Topographic Surveys (With Tree Locations)
Topographical surveys are used to map the elevation and rise and fall of physical features of a property. The topographical survey can be used to predict runoff, for engineering studies, landscaping or construction projects. These surveys will show structures, natural features, and everything that can affect the topography of the property. Trees with a 6 inch diameter are also marked and will include info such as hardwood or pine, and in specific instances, may even include the species of tree based on the local legislation.
In order to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy, you will need an “as-built” survey on new construction projects once they are completed. This survey will verify that the work completed is in compliance with the plans that were originally approved. It will identify any improvements and structures and verify their location and topography.
Elevation Certification (FEMA)
In order to determine whether flood insurance is required on a property or not, you will need a residential elevation certification. This certification is created by identifying the property’s location on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (or FIRM), and performing a property survey to determine the elevation and topography of the home and property. Based on the data from the FIRM and the survey, the property owner will know if flood insurance is required or not based on 100 year flood locations.
Lot Split Surveys
When a property owner decides to split a piece of property into two parcels, a lot split survey will be required. Lot split surveys are also called minor subdivision surveys. The new parcels will need to meet the zoning requirements, road frontage requirements, and square footage requirements or the split request won’t be approved, so the lot split survey will be require to prove that zoning requirements are met.
Lot Consolidation Plats
Lot consolidation is the process of taking two land parcels and combining them into one. This is a common process especially when multiple parcels are purchased by an individual or company for a specific use. A surveyor or survey team will determine the size and boundaries of each parcel and can them mark the outside boundary of the combined parcel. The resulting survey document will show the original parcels and the larger combined parcel. The new parcel survey will then need to be submitted for approval.
Site Plan Survey
When additions or improvements are done to a home, the owners will need to submit a Site Plan Survey. This survey will outline all aspects of the existing property and proposed improvements. The items usually found on a site plan survey include items such as topography, existing structures and features, tree locations, fences, acreage, and any improvements or additions to be made. These plans must be approved by local authorities and meet all zoning, building, and local codes.