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New Elevation Certificates Required in Flood Zones

August 6, 2018 9:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This past fall, FEMA released updated maps for flood zones, and also a brand new Elevation Certificate. The new Elevation Certificate is used to certify elevations of building components to determine rules or insurability. Of particular note on the form is fields that require specification of whether the elevation recording is based on the 1927 datum or the 1983 datum, as well as the level of precision of data entered. The new form is available on the FEMA website. Here are a few frequently asked questions about FEMA flood zones to provide further information and context. Representatives of surveying companies... View Article

Mapping the Ever-Changing Coastline

July 23, 2018 9:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The threat of rising sea levels has created a great deal of concern in coastal states like Alabama. In addition to the threat it poses to the environment through flooding and the significant amount of funding it will take to keep water levels at bay, it will also result in the need for new land surveys on a widespread basis, as people’s owned land literally erodes away. This is nothing new on a historical level—the earliest inhabitants of coastlines on the Gulf of Mexico were also forced to adapt their lifestyles and move their homes in response to changing water... View Article

How to Handle Property Disputes with Land Surveying

July 6, 2018 7:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Land disputes between neighbors are relatively common, especially after recent changes in property ownership. For example, neighbors commonly argue about who’s responsible for maintaining a fence located along the property line, who should have to pick up fallen branches or do yard-work and landscaping near the boundary, or simply where the property line begins and ends. The best way to settle these sorts of disputes is by hiring a professional land surveyor to perform a boundary survey in Mobile, AL. Upon the completion of this survey, you’ll have a clear map of exactly where the property lines lie, which will... View Article

How to Get a Home Rezoned Out of a Flood Zone

June 22, 2018 7:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A house located in an area designated a flood hazard area by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is required to have flood insurance before any loans can be made on the property. However, if you do not believe there’s a risk of your home flooding, you can petition to have it rezoned out of that flood plain area, which would then eliminate the requirement that you carry flood insurance on the property in conjunction with your mortgage. Here are some tips from a real estate surveyor in Mobile, AL to help you accomplish this: Hold on to your insurance... View Article

How Drones Increase the Efficiency of Land Surveying

June 6, 2018 9:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Drone technology is continuing to innovate and disrupt a number of industries, from military surveillance to food delivery. Additionally, drones are becoming increasingly useful in a number of applications related to land surveying. Savvy surveying companies in Mobile, AL, for instance, are using drones to improve the accuracy of their survey results and increase overall efficiencies within their operations. There are a number of benefits to working with a company specializing in aerial drone surveying. When land surveying in Mobile, AL is performed using the help of drones, it’s often more affordable than traditional surveying methods. Additionally, the results of... View Article