What is the difference between a “Boundary Survey” and an “ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey?

A boundary survey generally shows the property lines, improvements and other details as mandated by the state standard. An ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey must adhere to a set of national standards put forth by the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and adopted by the American Land Title Association.

These national standards seek to establish a common standard for commercial real estate transactions. The ALTA/ACSM standards require a more detailed survey than the typical boundary survey and include but are not limited to the following.

  • Easements benefitting or encumbering the property
  • Possible encroachments
  • Whether there is access to a public road
  • Zoning and setback requirements by local government
  • Flood zone classification
  • Evidence of use by other parties
  • Underground utility locations
  • Evidence of cemeteries

    Please contact Accupoint Surveying & Design to help determine what type of survey will best suit your needs.

Do I need a Stormwater Management Plan for my residential or commercial construction/building project?

More often than not the answer is going to be yes, however there are a number of additional questions that will need to be answered on an individual basis in order to determine exactly what will be required by the local VSMP authority. The current Virginia stormwater regulations are complicated and can be overwhelming to a new homebuilder or developer. The team of professionals at Accupoint Surveying & Design are ready to help determine what type of plans will be required for your project.

Should I have my property surveyed prior to building a fence?

YES! Rather you are building a fence, landscaping your yard or even planning a building addition accurate and clear location of the property lines by a licensed professional land surveyor is critical information.  Having your land surveyed will eliminate guess work by you or your building/fence contractor and ultimately provide piece of mind that the improvements you are making to the property are in fact contained on your property. Call Accupoint Surveying & Design today for your free consultation.

What is perc test and why would I need to have one?

A perc (short for percolation) test, also known as a soil evaluation test is performed by a licensed onsite soil evaluator to determine if subsurface soil conditions will support septic systems. Soil evaluation tests are performed when developing property that does not have access to public sewer.  Often when purchasing property for future development the sale of the land will hinge on a successful perc test. When poor soil conditions may not support a conventional septic system there are a variety of engineered wastewater treatment systems which may provide alternative development options. The professionals at Accupoint Surveying & Design are ready to assist in all aspects of soil evaluation/perc tests and wastewater treatment design.