• How to do your own land survey – It’s like taking out your own appendix!

    May 5, 2011 | Category: Commercial, Residential

    From doing home improvement projects, installing appliances, fixing our cars, and even doing our taxes, we tend to have a “do it yourself” mentality.  Most of us love to save money on what appears to be a big, inevitable expense, and spend that money on something else.  But there are limits.  Some tasks simply demand a level of expertise that we don’t have, and many of these needs fall within the “professional” categories such as the practice of law, medicine, architecture, dentistry, etc.  Because of the detailed knowledge required by law to perform a land survey, a land surveyor is a professional who must be licensed in your state.  They have a multitude of laws, principles and practices that must be followed with great precision, must undergo continuing education in most states, and are subject to severe sanctions or damages for errors.  This is done to protect the interests of consumers, and with the high value of land and the high costs of litigation if problems occur, trying to “do your own” survey is a dangerous proposition.  And in many cases, it is also illegal.

    Even if you find one or more monuments that you believe mark your property corners, you still should not be tempted to set your own property boundaries on that basis.  You may have the wrong one, it could have been moved over time or disturbed by past earthwork, etc.  So, consider instead trying to fill your own cavity or cutting your own hair to save a few bucks if you are desperate, but please, please don’t even think about trying to be your own surveyor!

  • Properly located fences make good neighbors

    May 4, 2011 | Category: Commercial, Residential

    Some of the most common questions we receive concern the location of fences in relation to a property owner’s boundary line, and if a survey is needed.  This concern is justified, not only for a new fence where none stood before, but even for the replacement of an old fence as well.  The risks of getting it wrong are high.  A fence is a relatively permanent “structure” on your property; if your current or future neighbor discovers or suspects that you have encroached, or placed your fence on their property and they obtain a survey to prove it, they can legally force you to remove the fence, which can be a very expensive and disruptive proposition.

    So, you will want to be sure of the location of your property lines before construction. Although some public agencies will issue a building permit (if required) upon presentation of an Improvement Location Certificate, it should not be relied upon for the establishment of any permanent structure, as it shows only approximate locations of your property boundaries. The prudent course of action is to locate existing property corners that delineate your property line and have the validity of the monuments verified by a surveyor. If you are not able to find your property corners, a surveyor may be able to find monuments using a magnetic locator and cloth tape. If the surveyor is not able to locate existing monuments, you may need to have a boundary survey performed.  If you are within our Colorado service area, your best bet is to give us a call at (303) 443-7001 to discuss your specific situation and needs, so that you can weigh the costs and benefits.

  • Flatirons Wins Awards in National Mapping and Drafting Contest

    May 2, 2011 | Category: Other

    Flatirons Surveying, Inc. received national recognition as the recipient of three awards in the 2009 Map/Plat Drafting Contest sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Flatirons won third for boundary/cadastral maps, second for ALTA/ACSM survey maps, and first place for miscellaneous survey maps and plats.  It was highly unusual for one firm to win in three categories in a single year.  This recognition was made possible by the commitment to quality from our collection of field data and research to our skilled AutoCAD drafters.  The sheet shown is a sample of a Public Land Survey System retracement, including section subdivision, in steep, heavily timbered mountainous terrain.

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