What is a Land Surveyor?
A Professional Land Surveyor is a person who
has qualified by education and experience, and who has passed an
examination for registration required by the State of Wisconsin to practice
Land Surveying in Wisconsin.
When might I need a Survey?
- When buying or selling land, the
location of which is not clearly defined on the ground.
- Before land is divided.
- If a lending institution
requires a survey.
- If a line or corner is not
- Before building close to a line.
- Before a lot is conveyed from a
- Before developing the property.
- When you believe someone has
built on your property.
How much will
a Survey cost?
Fees of Surveyors are on a level with other
professions. The Surveyor's fees are dependent upon the size of the tract
and other factors, including the terrain and vegetation, accessibility,
and if reliable survey monuments exist in the area. Therefore, the
Surveyor will estimate the approximate cost of the survey for you prior to
commencing the work. However, do not depend on the lowest priced survey to
be the best survey. Obtain the services of a reputable Surveyor.
What can a
Surveyor do for me?
- Advise you whether you need a
survey or not.
- Examine your deed and adjoining
deeds for problems.
- Find and mark corners and
- Establish new corners and
- Survey subdivisions.
- Make contour maps.
- Cooperate with your attorney,
title insurer, realtor, banker, architect, and engineer.
- Locate improvements such as:
wells, buildings, fences, right-of-ways, encroachments, etc.
- Appear in court as an expert
What does the Surveyor need from
The more information you can furnish the
Surveyor, the more you may expedite the Surveyor's work. Such information
- The purpose of the
- A copy of your legal description
from a reliable source.
- Location of any known property
- Information about adjoining land
- Information about disagreements
over corners and lines.
- Agreement as to who pays and
What should I receive from the Professional
- Plat or plats showing all
- A description of the survey
suitable for deed use.
- Services which serve the purpose
for which they were intended.
How can I
obtain the services of a licensed Land Surveyor?
- Ask someone who has employed a
competent Land Surveyor.
- Consult with your attorney,
realtor, banker, or title insurer.
- Look in the yellow pages under
- Obtain a list of Professional
Land Surveyors in your area free of charge from the Wisconsin
Professional Land Surveyor's Association.
What if I
have a complaint about a Surveyor's work?
- Consult with the Surveyor and
try to reach an agreement.
- If you still have a problem,
contact the Wisconsin Professional Land Surveyor's Association.