At Empire State Layout, we take surveying and mapping seriously. Each of our surveys are carefully crafted to meet the individual needs of our clients, complete with the quality and care they depend on. And, as part of our commitment to quality, each survey is double checked for accuracy to ensure the most professional results. Whichever service you are in need of, you can rest assure that you will receive our best.
We understand that some surveys, such as ALTA Surveys, are required by third party entities in order to fulfill agency obligations, therefore we strive to provide the most accurate, detailed surveys for use in all professional matters. Our NY ALTA Surveyors acute attention to detail, multidisciplinary mindset and innovative equipment has earned us the reputation as modern day leaders in precision surveying and mapping services.
What is an ALTA Surveyor?
An American Land Title Association (ALTA) Surveyor works in collaboration with title insurers to provide documented proof of existing features of the insured property. It is the ALTA Surveyor's job to provide a detailed map of the said property, noting specific land features and restrictions as outlined by the American Land Title Association.
These features include existing location of main building, improvements, boundary lines, easements, access of rights such as by telephone, water and other utilities, and sometimes even flooding and zone restrictions as well as restrictions regarding potential use of the property.Who Needs an ALTA Surveyor?
An ALTA Land Survey, also referred to as a Due Diligence Survey, ALTA/ACSM Survey, ALTA Land Title Survey and ALTA Survey, is required by title insurers in order to obtain mortgage or title insurance, however, it may also be required by lenders, attorneys and buyers of commercial real estate as well. ALTA Land Surveys are most prevalent with commercial properties, but homeowners also require ALTA Surveys. Therefore, anyone who wishes to secure mortgage or title insurance is required to have an ALTA Land Survey.
The ALTA Survey seeks to set the highest standards when evaluating title and land records and preparing insurance documents to help eliminate risks to lenders and buyers. The complexities of ALTA Land Surveys are beneficial for individuals involved in refinancing, expansion and acquisitions including:
Why You Need an ALTA Surveyor
- Title companies
- Lenders and corporations
- Professional such as engineers, architects and contractors
- The general public
- And more
The ALTA Survey was originally generated by the American Land Title Association and American Congress on Surveying and Mapping in response to title insurers concerns over eliminating survey exceptions from their policies. However, today it serves many purposes including protects both mortgage lenders and property owners from title defects.Other Benefits of an ALTA Survey
- Provides Security
- An ALTA Land Survey ensures that certain requirements are met in association with state standards. These standards are governed by the American Land Title Association, American Congress on Surveying and Mapping as well as the National Society of Professional Surveyors. Having a state standard for ALTA Surveying provides security for all parties involved by setting a standard or framework for surveying standards. And, investors of multiple properties located in various states, will be glad to know that ALTA Title Survey standards are consistent across the country.
- Provides a Thorough Survey
- Another benefit of ALTA surveying is that it entails various survey techniques combined into one. During the survey, the surveyor will perform a combination of techniques including a location survey, boundary survey, and title survey for the most detailed description of the property. This not only provides required proof for the insurer but also ensures that the purchaser understands what they are purchasing as well.
- Clearly Defines Easements, Encroachments and Right Aways
- Prior to the ALTA Survey, the surveyor will begin with research of current title commitments, easements and deeds etc., for use in identifying legal restrictions and descriptions of the property.
- Provides an Updated Map
- Once previous measurements and title commitments have been identified, the surveyor will then proceed with a survey of the insured site, noting specific items as spelled out by ALTA standards including buildings fences, walls and improvements etc. Once the surveyor has completed the physical survey, they will match previously recorded findings against current dimensions and features, noting any differences. The surveyor will then prepare a detailed map clearly displaying current features and mathematical dimensions as well as optional features requested by the client as defined in Table A of the ALTA/ACSM Standards, for an up dated map of the property.
- Ensures Title Insurance
- Once all requirements of The American Land Title Association have been met, the client-appointed title company will issue its insurance based on the results of the ALTA/ACSM survey. Legal counsel may also be involved to review the survey map and provide assistance to both the client and lender.
Empire State Layout NY ALTA Surveyors are experts in ALTA standards and regulations. For over 50 years, we have been providing noteworthy ALTA/ACSM Surveys for New York City, Nassau and Suffolk Counties and look forward to the next 50 years and more.