Frequently Asked Questions and Helpful Links:
Why do I need a survey?
You need a survey if you are purchasing property. Surveyors bring an objective eye to the relationship between the records of the land and the property as it exists on the ground. Combined, a title examination and a survey are valuable tools. The survey identifies conditions as they exist on the ground by comparing recorded land descriptions, easement and adjoining properties to real world conditions.
You need a survey if there is a question or conflict with a neighboring owner. Many people can determine if an object, fence, pool, road or building are crossing the line of property markers, but only a Professional Surveyor can provide evidence that those marks are accurate.
You need a survey if you intend to apportion your land. Separating property for family or for sale is subject to State and local law. A property owner can give or sell whatever he owns to anyone at any time, but without executing prescribed procedures and addressing legal limitations, your recipient may find the usefulness of the property differs from its intended purpose. With a partition prepared with the caution and knowledge of a Professional Surveyor, you will avoid unintended consequences such as transfer of too much or too little land, inclusion or exclusion of amenities such as roads, wells, or structures, or determination that the transfer is void due to
non-conformance with local laws and regulations.
Remember that a land survey is an opinion, not all surveyors are the same, you need the opinion of an experienced and careful surveyor to address these questions.
What IF I HAVE a problem with My survey?
If you find or suspect an error, call the Surveyor. Most often he or she will be eager to make a correction or explain the situation.
If the Surveyor in not responsive and you think that there was a legal violation or a failure to adhere to the rules set by the Board, contact the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveyors (TBPLS), 12100 Park 35 Circle, Bldg. A, Suite 156 MC-230, Austin, TX 78753.
Phone 512.239.5263, Fx: 512.239.5253 txls.texas.gov
Lastly, obtain a second opinion from a trusted and experienced surveyor.
Who is the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors (TSPS)?
The TSPS is an association of Surveyors that provide a group voice to interact with the public, government, and other professional associations (Realtors, Title Companies, Engineers and Lenders). The Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying and the Texas Legislature provide direction, education and quality standards for Surveyors in Texas. TSPS.org
What information do I need to have to order a survey on my property?
You will need either a copy of your deed, physical address, or tax ID number. Most of these details can be found on your county’s appraisal district website.
What determines the survey cost?
Unlike real estate transactions, there is no standard pricing on surveys. The cost of the survey is determined by tract size, complexity of terrain, complexity of circumstance, and intended purpose of the survey.
Larger surveying and engineering firms cover their overhead cost by charging their clients for multiple services at the same time. Being a local small business, Medina Valley Surveys keeps overhead costs low, and can pass those saving to our clients. With a smaller staff, the research, fieldwork, analysis, drawing, descriptions, and reports are done under the direct supervision of the Registered Professional Land Surveyor with thirty-plus years of experience. Our RPLS does not only provide final review of your survey – he oversees every step of the process.
Having your land surveyed makes your plans happen - buying, selling, building, and financing are all dependent on an accurate survey. The survey is a valuable improvement to your land.
You may think that you are paying a high rate for a few hours of the surveyor’s field work, but the bulk of the survey work is done off of your land. A Surveyor's work begins with extensive research before they arrive on your property. This includes gathering, comparing, and plotting deed, plat, and other real property records obtained from the County Courthouse. Prepared with the record descriptions, the surveyor arrives on your property with their specialized equipment and fieldwork can be very efficient. With GPS a surveyor can gather much more information than could be collected with traditional optical instruments. Afterward, the field data is processed, evaluated and boundary and corner determinations are made. Follow up fieldwork may be necessary if discrepancies are discovered or additional staking is required. Finally, a draft is made and a survey is produced and released to the client.
To obtain a cost estimate for your tract, call 830.538.6427 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org), we will obtain some property information from you, and happily provide you with a quote and completion time-frame.
Texas General Land Office - Administrative agency for the Sovereign Land of Texas
Texas General Land Office Abstract Map Viewer - Graphic Index of Texas Abstracts
TaxNetUSA - Database of Tax roles for 254 Texas County Appraisal Districts
National Geodetic Survey - Online Positional User Service