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Frequently Asked Questions

When would I use the services of a land surveyor?

You might employ a licensed land surveyor to:

  • Perform a boundary survey to verify that a house, additions, and visible water and sewerage systems are on the property described your deed
  • Determine if one property encroaches on another
  • Ensure that a house or addition is within property lines prior to construction or purchase
  • Lay out the individual building lots in a subdivision
  • Applying for a governmental approval such as a site plan, building permit, stream disturbance

What should I expect as a client of Brooks & Brooks?

You should expect:

  • A description of the surveyor’s qualifications
  • Names of former clients as references
  • A clear and complete description of the work that will be done for you, and the products that will be delivered
  • Estimated cost estimate and time of completion

What do I do if I have problems?

Make your needs known as clearly as possible and make certain that the surveyor knows why you are having the survey performed. For example, when you have a survey of your property performed and you want stakes to mark the corners, make sure the land surveyor knows this and has included it in the fee. Ask questions if you are unsure about any elements of the project.

Brooks & Brooks will provide you with a written contract that details:

  • The work to be performed and the services to be provided
  • The work schedule
  • The completed product and final deliverables
  • The amount and terms of payment of the land surveyor’s fee

What records will Brooks & Brooks maintain? Can anyone else get them?

New York licensed Land Surveyors must retain for six years all preliminary and final plans, documents, computations, records, and professional evaluations they or their employees prepared, related to the work which the licensee signed and sealed. They may not reveal personally identifiable data or information obtained in a professional capacity without the prior consent of the client. The client may request copies of documents from the licensee which have been prepared for and paid for by the client.