How to Choose the Best ALTA Land Survey Firm in California

Posted by Calvada on October 1st, 2016

ALTA land title surveys are accredited by the American Land Title Association. Together with ACSM surveys, ALTA is specially conducted for commercial purposes, and it follows a set of uniform standard code to ensure the proper procedure for construction purposes.  The best ALTA land survey firm in California should ensure your complete compliance with state regulations for land surveying.  That ALTA/ACSM land surveys are also known as ‘due diligence surveys’ and they should be commissioned to an experienced and qualified firm that can fulfill all surveying expectations and to provide information to setback requirements, height requirements of the property, and country zoning laws. Refer to the following tips when choosing the best ALTA land survey firm in California: 

Understand what the ALTA land survey is for – ALTA/ACSM surveys are conducted to provide the lender and title company with location and survey data necessary for providing the ALTA or extended coverage title insurance. The survey should provide information on property easements and boundaries, suggestions for improvements on your land (i.e. roads, fences, rights of ways, roads, and trails), and data on other features of the land that may determine or affect ownership.
Registered in California – Only a civil engineer (registered before 1982) or a professional land surveyor that is licensed by the State Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors is authorized to provide land surveying services in California legally.

Look up the firm’s background – Licensed land surveyors are typically a part of a professional team of engineers, planners, landscape architects, architects, and attorneys. They provide comprehensive services with quick turnaround and detailed geodetic, GPS, and other important land surveying services. Make sure that the firm is trusted and established in California for at least two decades.
Learn about the firm’s experience – Professional expertise can make or break the reliability and skill of the ALTA land survey firm and its surveyors. Make sure that the company is reputable at what they do and that their expertise and experience is backed by good reviews and feedback from clients, and awards, and recognition from their industry.

Examine the survey methods – Seasoned ALTA land survey firms continuously invest in high-quality equipment and use the latest, acceptable surveying methods to ensure fast and accurate results. GPS land surveying is one of the most advanced methods they use to evaluate or determine terrestrial or the three-dimensional space positioning of distances and points with the angles between them.  

About the Author:

Armando Dupont, a professional land surveyor, started his career in surveying in 1977 and has extensive experience in managing personnel and projects. His experience includes: topographic mapping, boundary surveys and analysis, construction and control surveying, preparation of tract and parcel maps, earth work calculation and quantities, targeting and control for photogrammetric, and land title surveys in accordance with the American Land Title Association and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. Mr. DuPont founded Calvada Surveying, Inc. in 1989 and is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor in the State of California.

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