What is ALTA? When do you need an ALTA survey? If you’ve ever purchased a piece of property, you may have been asked for an ALTA survey. This type of survey is often required (or strongly recommended) before transactions involving real estate, especially vacant land and commercial real estate.
A typical property line survey, or boundary survey, is done in accordance with the regulations of the individual state. However, an ALTA survey is done in accordance with standards specified by the American Land Title Association (ALTA), and therefore recognized throughout the country. While ALTA surveys impose a much more stringent set of requirements, both boundary surveys and ALTA surveys must be performed by a licensed land surveyor.
An ALTA Survey is a very comprehensive survey that shows the boundaries of the property, the location of all improvements on the property, including any and all structures, utility lines, roads, fences, etc., along with the location of any/all easements. All of these items can impact and affect land ownership; therefore, it is important to clearly convey this information to the title company, buyer, and seller of the property.
This is one of the most detailed surveys available, and one of many services that LSI provides on a regular basis. Having a proper ALTA survey done on your land can help identify unforeseen problems and help ensure peace of mind about your investment. Our qualified land surveyors, survey crews, and CAD professionals can produce what you need to satisfy requirements and reduce your risk during any of your land and real estate transactions.