Land Surveyors in Iowa
Our survey association has licensed land surveyors experienced with ALTA Surveys in Iowa. From the St. Louis suburbs in the Southwest to Chicago in the Northeast, we have professional land surveyors and mappers to get the job done. Call 800-798-9540 to speak with Keith about an ALTA Survey in Iowa.
Keith works with a network of licensed Land Surveyor associates statewide in Iowa. We will find the closest surveyor to your location, and the one who is best for the job.
Maps & Resources for Iowa
- Iowa County Revenue Offices List (See Table Below)
- Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Iowa
- USGS Quadrangle Maps
- ALTA Land Survey Standards (PDF format)
- ALTA Table A only (PDF format)
Our Iowa surveyors take customer satisfaction seriously. We want to know your requirements and goals for the job, and then we’ll work to complete the project to meet your approval. If you have questions about the process or the survey, we have the answers. We’re eager to help you. We will listen to your questions, and then do our best to resolve them when you call us. We will also help to develop the scope of work for what needs to be done on your specific project and then do our best to meet those survey expectations.
ALTA Land Title Survey
An ALTA Land Title Survey is completed based on the “Minimum Standard Detail Requirements and Accuracy Standards For ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys.” This ALTA survey standards document was developed and is revised on a regular basis by a combination of Title industry (the American Land Title Association) and Surveying industry (the National Society of Professional Surveyors) professionals. The latest version of this document is the 2016 revision.
ALTA Survey Costs
Since ALTA Surveys take more time and effort, these surveys typically cost more than a survey done according to a particular state standard. It should be pointed out that if the state standard is more restrictive on a certain point, then the most restrictive standard is required on the survey.
I see ALTA surveys priced from 50% to 200% more than a comparable boundary survey. This depends on the items checked in “Table A – Optional Survey Responsibilities and Specifications.” This table adds additional or specific tasks to the surveyor’s scope of work.
One item that is usually included with most all ALTA survey requests is Item #1, monuments placed. Iowa Surveying standards include this and, in my opinion, all surveys should, but the ALTA survey leaves this optional unless the item is checked on Table A.
In regard to this, one of the things I appreciate is that the client is “supposed to” not only fill out this Table A but also to furnish title documents to the surveyor BEFORE he starts the survey. In practice we rarely get the title documents until we issue the first draft of the survey. At that time the documents are sent to us and we are asked to revise the survey and show them. While this is not the way its planned, at least we have the chance to review the documents before issuing the final version of the survey.
So, if you have a commercial parcel or a large multi-family residential complex, you should consider asking for the ALTA standards to be used.
You should also probably do this if you are considering the purchase or development of a parcel outside your state. Most of the banks will require this if you ask for a loan on this type property, but I recommend this even if the bank doesn’t require it.
If we can help you with an ALTA Survey in Iowa, please contact us at (800) 798-9540 or fill out our Table A Quote Request form.
Our local Iowa surveyors are completely at ease preparing ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, having performed hundreds of these types of surveys. We are experts in the ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys standards, including all of the optional Table “A” Requirements. We can advise you on these confusing requirements and help you design a survey that will meet the lender’s requirements, without adding unnecessary and expensive extras you don’t need.
We have the expertise required to review title commitments and how to show them clearly on our maps to ensure they are easy for the owner, lenders, and title insurance agencies to understand.
Most importantly, we have worked with all the professionals involved in commercial projecst and are confident on being able to meet the needed accuracy and expertise for your project.
We also know that you need your survey to be completed on time for the closing. We will work hard as part of your team and strive to answer any and all questions pertaining to the survey drawing, certifications, and title commitments.