Empire State Layout is a premier property surveying company, with more than 50 years combined experience sketching and mapping land placements, boundaries, property lines, roadways, walls, gas lines, creeks and other important property features.
Our property surveys are mapped to perfection with detailed lines, contours and boundaries, so there is never a question about ownership. We employ only the most up-to-date equipment along with a highly knowledgeable staff who is equipped at meeting urgent deadlines.What is a Property Survey?
A property survey provides a detailed sketch or map of a specific property, highlighting its boundaries, physical features, and in some cases, topographical features such as soil thickness and elevation as well as the location of houses and other structures. A property survey is used to create a permanent record of the given property's perimeter lines and placement and can be performed on undeveloped land, commercial property and residential property.
- Residential Surveys
- A residential survey is commonly used to illustrate the location of the residence as well as its relation and orientation to other large structures on the land. Occasionally, a more detailed survey is needed, in which case our land surveyors will also illustrate property lines, boundaries and easements as part of the survey.
- Commercial Surveys
- During a commercial property survey, NY property land surveyors illustrate the location of structures and buildings with a primary focus on displaying zoning boundaries to give business owners an idea of where their operations fit within a particular zone. Easements are also clearly marked to help business owners fulfill city requirements.
Who Needs a Property Survey?
- Vacant Land Surveys
- A vacant land survey clearly defines its easements and boundaries. In addition, our surveyors will also note pre-existing land rights as to how the land can be used. For example, many woodlands include land rights that permit naturalists to use the resources.
Whether you are a homeowner who wishes to begin a renovation project or a business owner looking to open a new business, a survey will clearly define legal boundaries and land use, so you avoid problems later on. Failing to obtain a survey of your property's boundaries beforehand, could result in costly legal fees and fines.Why You Need a Property Survey
Land carries certain rights, privileges and restrictions, which transfers to the owner. Property surveys create a permanent record of these rights in relation to the property's boundaries and characteristics. This permanent record can be used to define easements, settle disputes, determine property value, fulfill mortgage requirements, determine tax assessments and more.
- Define Easements
- Many municipalities require specific sections, or easements, of privately owned property to be kept free from blockage to allow local officials entrance for maintenance and repairs to public equipment such as natural gas pipelines, utility lines and sanitary service. Violating these easements can result in fines.
- Settle Residential Disputes
- Sometimes disagreements over property boundaries can occur between neighbors. Having a detailed map can serve as an authority, clearing displaying boundary lines between properties. Or perhaps a neighbor wants to begin construction on land the other neighbor believes is rightfully his, a property survey can be used to settle the matter in court. In fact, judges generally require a survey to settle disputes.
- Settle Commercial Disputes
- Commercial land is regulated by zones set by local governments to determine what type of activity can be done on the land. A property survey can help business owners determine if they are in the right zone for their particular operations as well as serve as evidence in the event a neighboring business disputes their property use.
- Determine Property Value
- Settling exact boundaries and easements can help both sellers and buyers determine a price for a property. In fact, local laws and ordinances generally require the seller to include official surveys in their sale to avoid misunderstandings and fraud.
- Mortgage Lender Requirements
- Mortgage lenders often require a recent survey before they will loan money to commercial or residential borrowers. NY property surveyors can perform a present-day survey that includes changes to the property such as the addition of a pool or fence or use changes such as the transition from a retail store to a restaurant to ensure everyone involved has a clear idea of what is being purchased. This up to date survey can then be used to determine a real-time value for the property.
- Tax Assessment
- Property tax is generally calculated based on a property's land size and value. A survey can be used to give tax officials a general idea of the size of the land, which can be used to calculate the property value, so homeowners have a general idea of how much taxes they will be required to pay.
Empire State Layout has been providing top-notch property surveys for the tri-state area including New York City, the five burrows, Suffolk County on Long Island and Nassau County, for more than 50 years. Our NY property surveyors strive to be the best in the industry, earning us a reputation for quality services. Property surveying is our passion.