is currently no laws requiring a boundary survey, it is very wise to survey land before purchasing. There are current
laws pertaining to dividing any parcel of land or when adjusting tract boundaries, and prior to the construction of any improvements
The services of All County Surveyors and Planners, Inc. will cost less in time, worry, and money
than the cost of moving improvements or defending a boundary line later!
Our staff is licensed and skilled
in current land laws. A surveyor should be selected after you are sure that the professional firm you have chosen is
aware of your survey needs and the requirements of the jurisdiction.
The experiences expressed by our clients have
shown that the All County Surveyors and Planners, Inc. provides competent work for a reasonable fee.
HOW MUCH WILL A SURVEY COST?
The cost for most land
surveying work is based on the following variables:
- Type of survey: Costs may increase as the
required precision and scope of the survey increases.
- Research of Records: This varies by the number
of parcels involved; and the number of past transactions. (This necessary step is complicated by past documents adding contradictions
to land transactions, resulting in vague or incomplete legal descriptions).
- Size and shape of property:
An irregularly shaped tract has more corners to monument than a rectangular tract containing the same area.
Breakdown: This could require the survey of the entire section (1 square mile) in which the land being surveyed lies,
regardless of the area of the parcel. In some cases, a survey of more than one section is required.
A flat tract of land is easier to access than a hillside.
- Vegetation: Brush may need to bee cleared
to allow surveyor access. Shrubs and flowers can be avoided without additional cost.
- Time of Year:
Summer foliage can decrease visibility and increase cost. We work 12 month out of the year with only a few winter storms slowing
Even with the above variables, All County Surveyors & Planners, Inc. has provided clients with
acurate project cost. We will gladly provide you with a free proposal for the work requested. Give us a call at (503)
668-3151 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
METHODS OF SURVEYING
Our staff uses the most recent land surveying equipment and GPS (Global Positioning Satilies). We locate corners and
determine boundaries using the latest computer hardware and software.
TYPES OF LAND SURVEYS
- A.L.T.A. Survey or Extended Title Insurance Coverage Survey
- A survey made for the purpose of supplying a title company and lender with survey and location data necessary for
issuing American Land Title Association or Extended Coverage Title Insurance.
- A survey for the express purpose of locating the corners and boundary lines of a given parcel of land. This involves
record and field research, measurements, and computations to establish boundary lines in conformance with Oregon State Law.
Easement lines may also be located with this type of survey.
survey locating topographic features--natural and man made--such as buildings, improvements, fences, elevations, trees, streams,
contours of the land, etc. This type of survey may be required by a governmental agency, or may be used by engineers and/or
architects for design of improvements or developments on a site.
Site Planning Survey:
combination of boundary and topographic surveys for preparation of a site plan to be used for designing improvements or developments.
Subdivision or Partition Survey:
- The subdivision or partitioning of a tract of land
into smaller parcels, showing monumentation and survey data on a map, in conformance with local ordinances and Oregon State
- Precise location of horizontal and vertical positions of points
for use in boundary determination, mapping from aerial photographs, construction staking, and other related purposes.
- Construction staking of improvements shown on improvement plans for control of construction
on developments for roads, building, pipelines., etc.
YOU KNOW? ... that to correctly survey a 40 acre tract such as the NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 (fig. 1) requires
a survey of almost the entire section?
Consider the steps that are necessary:
- Recover original government
corners 1,2, 4, 6 and 8 (these are corners set by the General Land Office, usually in the 1800's).
the center of the section (point A) which is the intersection of a straight line between points 4 and 8, and 6 and 2
1/16 corners B, C, D and E; for example: B being exactly midway between A and 2, etc.
- Establish SE 1/16 corner (F)
which is the intersection of straight lines between point B and D, and C and E.
The above steps are necessary
to locate the four corners of the NW 1/4 of the SE 1/4. Since most sections have dimensions such as in figure 2 (exaggerated
to show that the lines are not straight nor parallel, due to difficulties encountered in the "1800s" surveys) it
follows that the distances around a "40" will not always be 1320' nor will the sides be at right angles to each
A Typical Section: 1 square mile
7.92 inches are 1 link.
are 1 rod.
4 rods or 100 links are 1 chain.
A rod is 16 1/2 feet.
A chain is 66 feet or four rods.
is 320 rods, 80 chains or 5,280 feet.
An acre contains 43,560 square feet.
An acre contains 160 square rods.
An acre is 208.7 (plus) feet square.
Square chains x 0.10=acres.
40 chains equal 160 rods or 2,640 feet.
Some of the above information was obtained from the PLSO website
and is referenced herein. The PLSO website contains additional information on selecting a land surveyor.