Securing the services of a land surveyor
A person may have occasion to employ a Land Surveyor only once in a lifetime.
Since such employment is so infrequent, the average person is not aware of the
logical steps to be followed when employing a Land Surveyor. To help you to
know the steps to follow, the answers to a few common questions are contained
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 Illinois to practice Land Surveying in Illinois. For more information on
what a surveyor does, visit this website: www.surveyingcareer.com.
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 defined. Before building close to a line. Before a lot is conveyed
from a larger tract. 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 property lines. Establish new
corners and property lines. 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-way, encroachments,
etc. Appear in court as an expert witness.
What does the Surveyor need from me?
The more information you can furnish the Surveyor, the more you may expedite
the Surveyor's work. Such information includes:
The purpose of the survey.
A copy of your legal description from a reliable source.
Location of any known property corners.
Information about adjoining land owners.
Information about disagreements over corners and lines.
Agreement as to who pays and when.
What should I receive from the Professional Land Surveyor?
Plat or plats showing all desired information.
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 Surveyor-Land.
Obtain a list of Professional Land Surveyors in your area free of charge from the
Illinois 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.
Contact the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor's Association. I.P.L.S.A.
maintains vigilance over Surveyor's actions through its Ethics and Practices
Committee. Contact us at: MChurch245@aol.com
File a complaint with Department of Regulation
What is the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor's Association?
It is the only statewide organization of Land Surveyors licensed to perform Land
Surveys in the State of Illinois, and dedicated to improving the quality of Land
Surveying in this state. All members have subscribed to a CODE OF
PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT, which dictates a complete and high standard of
Check with your Surveyor to see if he is a member of this association