Butler Surveying & Mapping, Inc. is a Bergen County based land surveying firm specializing in boundary and topographic surveys of all sizes. Our principals have worked together for the past forty years providing professional services to both private and public sector clients throughout all of New Jersey. Our key to success is the quality of work we produce, coupled with the timely service we provide to all of our clients. We are in the process of opening an additional office and are looking to expand our client base.
- New Jersey (Entire State)
- Sullivan County, NY
- Orange County, NY
- Rockland County, NY
- Westchester County, NY
- Richmond County, NY
- Bronx, NY
- Brooklyn & Queens, NY
- New York, NY
Flood Elevation Certificates
Pool Plot Plans
Major & Minor Subdivisions
Stake Waiver & Credit Card Authorization Forms
Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a collection of frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding land surveys and their significance. These answers provide valuable insights into the purpose, process, and benefits of land surveys, as well as their role in property ownership and protection.
What is a land survey?
A land survey is a map of the property you own, based on your deed. A standard land survey will graphically depict your boundary lines and will include the location of buildings, fences, driveways, walkways, pools, decks, sheds, & other structures within 5 feet of your property lines. Land surveys are commonly used for Title transactions and obtaining municipal permits for minor improvements such as fences, decks, and even central air conditioning.
What is a topographic survey?
A Topographic survey contains all the details of a standard land survey and also includes the elevations of the property, contour lines, utility locations, trees, streams, and other drainage structures. Topographic Surveys are used by engineers and architects for site plan design. A homeowner will only need a Topographic survey when they are considering a major construction project, like a swimming pool, large addition, or new house. Typically topographic surveys cost 3x what a standard survey cost.
How long does it take to complete a land survey?
Once we receive the stake waiver & credit card authorization form we can schedule your survey right way. It typically takes takes 2-3 business days for us to visit the property and conduct the field work. It typically takes another 2-3 business days to complete the Land Survey map that you will receive. The entire process should take no longer than 5-7 business days. We typically do not work by appointment due to the fact that we are weather dependent, and constantly adjusting our schedule. If you would like us to give you a call when we are on the way please let us know in the comments section of the order form.
Why do I need a land survey?
Land surveys provide crucial information to homebuyers before the finalization of a property purchase. By illustrating the boundaries of the land being bought and identifying any discrepancies in the deed, a survey helps identify potential issues such as encroachments by driveways, fences, wells, or buildings. The survey map also includes existing property corner markers.
How is a land survey created?
During a land survey, the surveyor's responsibility is to physically determine the boundaries described in the deed. They also examine and map observable human-made and natural features as required for the survey. The surveyor investigates recorded deeds, maps, and documentation provided by the owner or title company. Extensive data gathering is also performed on-site and its vicinity.
What are property markers?
In New Jersey, it is mandatory for a land surveyor to place permanent markers at all property corners where none exist during a survey. However, you can choose to sign a written waiver instructing the surveyor to omit this task.
Why is it not advisable to waive the marking of property corners?
Without markers indicating the corners of the property, accurately locating boundary lines shown on a survey map can be challenging. Setting markers helps prevent future disputes and enables you to identify the physical location of your property with ease.
Who is qualified to conduct a land survey?
In New Jersey, only a licensed Professional Land Surveyor is authorized to perform and certify a land survey.
What are the requirements to become a Professional Land Surveyor?
To qualify for licensure in New Jersey, an individual must hold a four-year college degree in Surveying, possess three or more years of practical experience, and pass a 16-hour written examination administered by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. Once licensed, a Professional Land Surveyor must acquire 24 hours of continuing education credits every two years to maintain an active status.
Does a land survey assist in identifying property ownership?
- Land surveys establish the recorded title lines of a property, allowing the survey map to display the boundaries of the land being purchased. By obtaining a land survey certified to you and your title company, you gain critical information that, when used in conjunction with title insurance, empowers you to make informed decisions. This certification also enables you to negotiate with the seller to rectify any defects before the purchase. Moreover, a survey certified to you provides significant protection against potential claims that may arise after the closing.
What is title insurance, and how does a land survey enhance its coverage?
- Title insurance safeguards both the mortgage lender and the property owner (if insured) against claims related to the property, such as disputes over boundary lines. Typically, mortgage lenders require homebuyers to purchase a title insurance policy in the lender's name, known as a Lender's policy. However, title insurance policies do not cover encroachments, easements, and boundary line disputes, which can be disclosed through a current certified survey. This limitation is referred to as the Survey Exception. To address this, mortgage lenders usually insist on a Survey Endorsement to their loan policies, which narrows the scope of the Survey Exception to specific problems revealed by the survey. In essence, a Survey Endorsement offers coverage against potential undiscovered issues concerning encroachments, easements, and boundary line disputes. To protect yourself as a homebuyer, it is advisable to request an Owner's Policy with a Survey Endorsement based on a professionally prepared and up-to-date land survey.
How can you safeguard your home investment?
- Purchasing a home is typically the most significant investment one makes. It is both financially prudent and sensible to protect this valuable asset. A land survey conducted by a licensed Professional Land Surveyor plays a crucial role in preserving and safeguarding homeownership. It is important to note that a lender's policy only protects the bank, not the homeowner. Therefore, when making this substantial investment in a home, it is essential to insist on an Owner's Policy of Title Insurance that includes the Survey Endorsement, along with a current land survey certified to you.
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Contact & Location
Office: 41-A Prospect Street, Midland Park NJ, 07432
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