An ALTA/ACSM (American Land Title Association/American Congress on Surveying and Mapping) Land Title survey is one of the most detailed surveys available. The survey plat would typically show the location of all improvements on the property. It would also show the location of any easements found in the process of a title search. We do many of these surveys for prominent national corporations and title companies dealing with properties in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
As-built surveys are usually performed after construction at a site. They verify that new structures are located correctly on the lot and may also be ordered as a base map for proposed construction plans.
A boundary survey will locate any existing property corner monuments and replace any that are missing. This involves courthouse and field research, measurements, and computations to establish boundary lines in conformance with professional standards as required by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A plat showing the boundary lines and a footprint of all improvements as well as location of easements may be ordered as well. If a new legal description of the subject property is needed this can also be included.
Property divisions can include the division of one lot into two, a farm into a few smaller parcels or the creation of a major subdivision with hundreds of lots along with roads and utility easements.
Dividing property can be a complicated process governed by the rules of many different local government agencies. Planning Commissions, Zoning Boards, utility companies and even local Health Departments may end up being involved.
At Bailey Surveys we try to make the process as simple as possible. We advise our clients about local regulations, fill out all required paperwork and represent them at Planning and Zoning meetings if needed.
A mortgage inspection is used by banks and other lending institutions to verify that all improvements (i.e. house, garage, etc.) are located completely on the subject property but does not constitute a boundary survey. No property corners are set and it should not be used or relied upon for the establishment of any fence, or other improvement.
We do a great number of these in western Kentucky. Ordering is easy and our turnaround is generally 3-4 business days.
When a property is deemed to be in Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) as determined by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the lending institution will require the borrower to obtain flood insurance. The amount of the insurance premium is determined by the elevation of the structure compared to the established Base Flood Elevation (BFE). A land surveyor reports this information on a FEMA approved form called an Elevation Certificate.
In some instances, a property may appear on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) to be located in flood prone area, but, upon field inspection, it is found to be located above the flood elevation. When this occurs a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) may be requested which, if approved, would remove the requirement for the borrower to obtain flood insurance.
Historically, because of manual processing, obtaining a LOMA could take up to 60 days.
At Bailey Surveys we are approved by FEMA to electronically submit an application (eLOMA). This means, that after the field inspection is completed, an approved LOMA could be in hand within hours.
At Bailey Surveys our use of GPS technology allows us to pinpoint locations around the block or across the state. Many Fortune 500 companies have discovered the advantages of having multiple sites geographically located for use in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Contact us for more information regarding GPS data collection.
A topographic survey is used to show the natural physical characteristics of the terrain on the property. This type of survey is normally performed before development of a site. The finished drawing can be plotted or can be electronically sent to the design engineer or architect.
Construction staking involves marking the accurate horizontal and vertical location of proposed improvements on the ground prior to actual construction. Doing it right saves time and money!
Bailey Surveys, Inc. has assisted both small local operators as well as large Fortune 500 companies in the Western Kentucky area making plays along the eastern edge of the New Albany Shale Formation. We are experienced in preparing both vertical and horizontal well permit plats throughout all of Western Kentucky.
Not sure what the “best use” of your land is? At Bailey Surveys we advise clients on land use issues taking into consideration such factors as local “master plans,” zoning issues, present and anticipated land values as well as family matters that may be involved in a fair division of property.
We also have a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) on staff who can advise on flood mitigation issues.