Welcome to Chattanooga Land Surveying

Welcome to Chattanooga Land Surveying’s website

This site is intended to provide you with information on Land Surveying in Chattanooga, TN and Hamilton County, TN areas. If you’re looking for a Chattanooga Land Surveyor, you’ve come to the right site. If you’d rather talk to someone about your land surveying needs, please call 423-702-6505 today. For more information, please continue to read. 

Chattanooga Land Surveying

Chattanooga Land Surveying

Land Surveyors are professionals who measure and make precise measurements to determine the size and boundaries of a piece of real estate.  While this is a simplistic definition, boundary surveying is one of the most common types of surveying related to home and land owners. If you fall into the following categories, please click on the appropriate link for more information on that subject:

Chattanooga Land Surveying services:

  1. I need to know where my property corners or property lines are. (Boundary Survey)
  2. I have a loan closing or re-finance coming up on my home in a subdivision or I’m purchasing a lot/hour in a recorded subdivision. (Lot Survey)
  3. I need a map of my property with contour lines to show elevation differences for my architect or engineer. (Topo Survey)
  4. I’ve just been told I’m in a flood zone or I ‘ve been told I need an elevation certificate in order to obtain flood insurance or prove I don’t need it. (Flood Survey)
  5. I’m purchasing a larger tract of land, acreage, that hasn’t been subdivided in the past. (Boundary Survey)

If your needs don’t fall into one of the above, don’t worry, we’ll get to the bottom of it. CALL Chattanooga  Land Surveying TODAY at 423-702-6505 OR better yet, fill out a Contact Form request to discuss your survey needs.

Opportunity Zones for Real Estate Investment

Seven Hamilton County census tracts have been selected to participate in an evolving and little understood economic development program, which was quietly tucked into last year’s federal tax bill and designed to spur investment in “distressed communities.”

Opportunity Zones - Land Development & InvestementAn opportunity zone is intended to spur development like residential, commercial, and businesses. If you’re investing in the Chattanooga area, you might want to check into this. It will provide very attractive tax incentives.

“An Opportunity Fund could reasonably leverage private investment and philanthropic dollars to invest in grocery stores, affordable housing, mixed-use retail development, and small businesses that would not have traditionally attracted investment from the private sector,” Thongnopnua wrote on the Metro Ideas Project website in April.

If you need land surveying services, like ALTA Surveys, in an opportunity zone, call our surveyors at (423) 702-6505.

Warning: Survey Before You Build

The “Call Before You Dig” mantra is used by the ONE CALL SYSTEM community (or 811) where all of the underground utility companies have banded together to try to keep their utility mains from being damaged. This not only costs them money, but most times it also costs the person who is digging.

I want to start a mantra for the Land Surveying Community“CALL BEFORE YOU BUILD.”

Call A Land Surveyor Before You Build

Property Line Mistake on $700k Home

This 5,300-square-foot house along Ocean Ridge Boulevard North in the Ocean Hammock area of Flagler County was built on the wrong lot.

This story about a property line nightmare was published this past Friday. Imagine that you have built your dream home (maybe not $700k worth) and you find you have built on the wrong lot. As Keystone Homes Vice President Richmond told the News-Journal. “It does happen, but it’s rare.”

Now the neighbor NOR the home buyer want to agree to a solution to help the builder (and surveyor) out. They want to weigh all of their options. Do you think one option is to sue everybody within a shotgun radius? This would be the typical course of action.

While this may be rare, the story does mention that this has happened eighteen (18) times within the last twenty (20) years or so. That’s too many.

More Frequent Property Line Story

What is WAY MORE frequent is that a portion of a home is built over a property line or a side setback line. I’ve seen dozens of examples of this. In EVERY instance, this is an expensive proposition for the land owner. There are relatively simple solutions to these after the fact, but the simple solution is usually not agreed to by your neighbor. Usually the offended neighbor sees dollar signs when this is discovered. First anger, then dollar signs. And rightly so. The decision not to have the property lines marked before adding ANY structure on your lot is ill-advised at best.

Cutting Building Costs in the Wrong Place

Survey of Property Line Problem

Survey of Property Line Problem

Of course, I DO lay some blame on the builders as well, be it a fencing company, a landscaping company, or a builder. These contractors should know that establishing the limits of construction is one of the very FIRST tasks that should be done. So, why don’t they do it? Money. We strive to save money, but sometimes a little money spent up front will save a LOT of money in the end. Again, I’ve seen this happen on lots of occassions on a land survey.

Now, to be fair, this builder DID call a land surveyor and the surveyor got it wrong. This does happen, but it is rare also. So, there is a lesson for us surveyors also. Mistakes happen, but you are also responsible for your actions, especially for your crews actions.

If you’re starting ANY type of building project on your property it is HIGHLY advisable to have a surveyor mark your property lines and any easements or setback lines that are near the planned construction site. Call a surveyor at Chattanooga Land Surveying today at (423) 702-6505 or fill out a contact request.

Learn The Basics of Boundary Surveying Chattanooga

Investing on land properties may be the most expensive investment you’ll make in your life. Thus, it is wise to attain a wider knowledge about estates and be aware of the significance of boundary surveying before making such investments.

Let us first define boundary surveying. Well, boundary surveying is the verification of property lines of a parcel of land as detailed in the description in the deed. It also shows all the structures found in the property including any easements and encroachments, as well as all the restrictions imposed by local authorities.

To avoid unnecessary expenses and free you from frustrations brought by unexpected lawsuits, it is vital to conduct boundary surveying Chattanooga before purchasing or selling a land property. A survey is also highly suggested before subdividing a lot, building structures or improving the property to make sure that you would not end up moving a building or resolving a boundary dispute with neighbors.

A boundary survey may also help you identify whether you are located in a floodplain, which is required in obtaining flood insurance. Boundary surveying Chattanooga is also very helpful in completing the requirements for a mortgage loan set by lending institutions, which includes the accuracy of the description of the property in the deed and the presence of improvements, easements, and any encroachments.

Learn The Basics of Boundary Surveying Chattanooga

Learn The Basics of Boundary Surveying Chattanooga

The cost for boundary surveying Chattanooga depends on several factors. Most of which are only determined when the work betnn, such as size of the lot, the terrain, the vegetation type, the season of the year (which greatly affects the growth of vegetation). The work begins with the deed research that can be started with the deeds or abstracts that the landowner may possess and can extend as much as going to the courthouse and putting together the pieces of the deed. The job could get more complex if the property involved has been passed on several owners over the years. Some may have sold off a portion of the parcel or may have added the adjacent lots. The more of these addition and subtraction can significantly        impact the complexity of the work to be done, which consequently adds up to the survey cost.

After the boundary surveying Chattanooga is done, a landowner may expect to get a copy of the description of the property, a plan of the property, and a report illuminating the basis of judgements in the determination of the boundaries. It is also expected that proper markings of the property lines and corners have been placed, which are usually bright-colored ribbons or paint, wooden stakes, or concrete monuments. Others may include additional drawings or reports depending on the services agreed upon.

What is ALTA Title Survey?

ALTA stands for American Land Title Association. ALTA Title Survey is actually similar to boundary or lot survey of a certain piece of land. However, an ALTA Title Survey has further requirements for the land surveyor as he executes the survey.
Most states have widely varying standards for surveying. Thus, ALTA Title Survey follows a national standard for lot surveying aimed to generate consistency retnrdless of the location of the survey. It is usually done on multi-family residential or commercial sites and when the owner and lender are from different state jurisdiction. But more often than not, it is prepared for commercial properties because it provides the information needed in order to insure the title to the land. Commercial developments may also require improvements to a high level that is also obtained through this survey.

ALTA Title Surveys are very complex and are commonly more costly than surveys following state standards because it takes more time and effort

Costs for such surveys could go up to 50% – 200% more than a similar boundary survey. It is also important to note that the more restrictive standard is followed in the survey if and when the state standard is more restrictive on a certain aspect than the ALTA standard. An ALTA Title Survey must show all data including boundary lines, main building location and all its improvements, location of ancillary buildings, rights-of-way, and easements or access rights by services such as water, telephone, tns, railway and other utilities. A helpful tip in outlining the scope of services of the land surveyor is to thoroughly go over the elements of “Table A – Optional Survey Responsibilities and Specifications”.
Before an ALTA Title Survey can be completed, there must be a current title commitment. This is where the land surveyor will refer for the legal description of the property and all legal encumbrances or exceptions. The areas of ownership, encumbrances, and improvements will be presented graphically including encroachments, if there is any.

All the affected parties; the buyer, seller, lender, and title insurance company must be indicated in the ALTA Title Survey certificate. The land surveyor and the title insurance company must closely work together in order to illustrate comprehensively all matters affecting the ownership of the land and improvements.

Requirements for an ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey as detailed by the American Land Title Association, National Society of Professional Surveyors and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping is certainly met through an ALTA Title Survey.


If we can help you with an ALTA Title Survey in the future, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Chattanooga Land Surveying Land Surveying at 423-702-6505 or fill out our contact form by clicking the link.



The Basics of Land Surveying

The Basics of Land Surveying

The Basics of Land Surveying

What is Land Surveying?

Land Surveying dates back to ancient history. Surveying is used for multiple projects.  A survey is done to establish a specific location of a parcel of land along with its exact acreage.  It is used to ascertain boundaries for defining an area of ownership and tax liability.  It is also used to identify a piece of property by a written legal description or to provide a review of the accuracy of an existing description. Data from land surveying is of the utmost importance with retnrd to buying and selling land, and is also used to insure a clean and marketable title.

Other types of Land Surveying

There are many different kinds of surveys that can be performed. Boundary surveying is typically done for undeveloped land. This type of land surveying measures the actual physical extent of the property in question. Most surveys progress through the basic procedures retnrdless of the type being done. Any pertinent deeds, contracts, maps or other documents that contain a description of the property’s boundaries are located, studied and interpreted. A determination is made of what the actual property description is deemed to be, along with the locations of any physical evidence of the boundaries. This can be in the form of both natural and man-made monuments or markers that exist in the field. The property is then measured to establish the boundaries, not only using the appropriate existing monuments but with the creation and referencing of new markers where necessary. Measurements are accomplished using a total station and other land surveying tools. A total station measures both vertical and horizontal angles, as used in triangulation networks. After these steps are accomplished, the property description and plat are prepared.

Results of land surveying

Interpreting the results of a land survey is not as difficult as it may first seem. For instance, a property plat will usually contain a directional orientation which is typically indicated with an arrow pointing north. It will contain the bearing and distance of each boundary line, the property lines of other properties shown on the plat, and the names of adjacent property owners listed in the areas of their property. Corner monuments, along with the names of any natural monuments (such as “Smith’s Creek”, for example) or a brief description of any unnamed natural monuments (such as the “30-inch pine tree”) are on the plat. There is also a title block containing the property’s location and name of owner, the surveyor’s name, the date the survey was performed, the scale of the plat and any other relevant data.

If you need the services of a surveyor for your land surveying needs, ALWAYS be sure that you’re hiring an experienced, certified, and highly competent professional surveyor. You can find out if the surveyor is licensed by visiting the Board of Licensure’s website.

“Only Transact with a licensed land surveyor for your land surveying needs”