Are you buying, selling or improving a property in Southeastern Minnesota?
If so, a professional land survey by Kleinschmidt Surveying will ensure both you and your neighbors understand your property's exact location. If you are dividing an existing parcel or wish to change the location of one or more of your property lines, a boundary survey is often required to legally establish the new boundaries. Whatever your situation, we will work closely with you to ensure your project proceeds as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Why Kleinschmidt Surveying?
Unlike companies which do both civil engineering and land surveying (and who as a result split their energies among state, county, commercial, and private customers), we focus exclusively on providing outstanding land survey services to our Southeastern Minnesota customers. Because of this laser focus, we are able to provide you with a broader, deeper, and more thorough set of survey services.
What Can I Expect From My Survey?
When you work with Kleinschmidt Surveying to assist with your real estate transaction, we’ll take you through a six-step process, guiding you through every step of the way.
Initial Consultation – When you first contact us, we will review your needs and goals through a 30-minute no-risk phone consultation. Because we have completed over a thousand surveys in the region, we have access to the most extensive land database in the area and at this time may also be able to provide you with information about the history of your specific property. Our goal during this consultation is to determine whether or not you will need a survey to complete your project. If a survey is required, we will provide you a written estimate detailing the services you need as well as how much they will cost.
Research – Once you authorize us to proceed, we perform a more exhaustive study of your property and any neighboring properties that adjoin or impact you land. This research may often start with a review of both current and historical deeds that conveyed both you and your neighbors property. We then search for any documented evidence of previous property surveys in the area. If necessary, we also review historical parcel maps, road right-of-way maps and aerial photographs of your property. This information provides us with a thorough understanding of the unique history of your property and allows us to begin constructing a computer model of your property’s boundary.
Field Work – After we have completed our initial research, a field crew then visits your property. Using our initial computer model as a guide, our crew searches for and identifies any monumentation that provides evidence of the correct location of your existing property lines. Our team looks for markers that may have been set in previous surveys, as well as determine the location of nearby roads, driveways, fences, tree, brush or field lines, streams or shorelines, buildings, or other structures that may mark or define property lines. All of our measurements are made using the most accurate, state-of-the-art technology available in order to make the process as fast and cost-effective as possible.
Analysis and Staking – When your field survey is complete, we import the data collected into our software systems and add it to our computer model. Our experienced team carefully reviews all the evidence we collect and works to determine the correct location of your existing property lines. If your project involves dividing your property or modifying an existing line, we work with you to determine the best location for these new lines based on your needs, and mark these lines as required to enable the completion of your project.
Documentation – Obtaining a written record of your survey is one of the most valuable parts of the boundary survey process. Without proper documentation, it can be difficult and sometimes even impossible to reestablish a property line if the survey markers set to define that line are destroyed. Yet in an effort to lower the cost of a survey, some surveyors will offer to either prepare only minimal documentation or even not prepare any at all. Unfortunately many property owners do not realize the importance of this step until many years latter when they wish to divide or improve their property and find themselves having to again pay to resurvey earlier work.
At Kleinschmidt Surveying we always prepare a complete Certificate of Survey documenting the location of virtually every survey marker we set to define your property lines. In addition to visually showing these survey markers, we also relate them to other significant survey monuments so it as easy as possible to reestablish your markers should they ever be destroyed. Whenever possible, we also attempt to show how the survey markers we find or set relate to existing buildings, roads, fences and other significant structures to give you the most complete picture possible. This approach saves you substantial time and money downstream.
Post-Survey Consultation – When most engineering and survey firms provide you with a land survey, your interaction with them ends at the documentation step. However, in some cases your survey process may uncover potential sources of conflict: areas along one or more of your property lines that either you or your neighbor may question. In most cases all that is needed to resolve these matters is for us to spend a little time explaining the situation to both you and your neighbor.
But occasionally the solution requires something a little more involved. Because of our extensive experience in the area, we are able to leverage our long-standing relationships with most of southeast Minnesota's leading real estate attorneys to help you resolve these matters quickly and inexpensively. We can frequently advise you on cost effective solutions to clarifying these misunderstood areas and in many cases help you avoid potentially lengthy legal challenges. No other firm has the level of experience in this region to provide you with this service.
How Do I Get Started?
Contact us to schedule your initial consultation at (507) 454-3212.