Frequently asked questions

What is a land surveyor?

A professional land surveyor is a person who is qualified by education and experience, and who has passed an examination for registration  required by their state. Mid Lakes Survey is registered with the State of  Illinois to practice land surveying in Illinois.

When might I need a survey?

Here are a few example situations:

  • Buying or selling land
  • Location of land is not clearly defined on the ground
  • Before land is divided
  • If a lending institution requires a survey
  • If a line or corner is not defined
  • Before building close to a property line, building line or easement
  • Before installing improvements such as a new fence or driveway
  • Before a lot is conveyed from a larger tract of land
  • Before developing a property
  • When you believe someone has built on your property

How much will a survey cost?

Fees are dependent upon the size of the tract of land and other factors,  including the terrain and vegetation, accessibility, and if reliable survey monuments exist in the area. Therefore, the surveyor will estimate the approximate cost of the survey for you prior to commencing work. However, do not depend on the lowest priced survey to be the best survey. Always obtain the services of a reputable surveyor.

What can Mid Lakes Survey do for me?

As professional surveyors we can:

  • Advise you whether you need a surveyor not
  • Examine your deed and adjoining deeds for problems
  • Find and mark corners and property lines
  • Establish new corners and property lines
  • Survey subdivisions
  • Make contour maps
  • Cooperate with your attorney, title insurer, realtor, banker, architect, and engineer
  • Locate improvements such as: wells, buildings, fences, hardscape, right-of-ways, encroachments, etc. 
  • Appear in court as an expert witness

What does Mid Lakes Survey need from me?

The more information you can furnish for us, the easier we may expedite the work. Such information includes:

  • The purpose of the survey
  • A copy of your legal description from a reliable source
  • Location of any known property corners
  • Information about adjoining land owners
  • Information about disagreements over corners and lines
  • Agreement as to who pays and when

What should I receive from my surveyor?

You should receive:

  • Plat or plats showing all desired information
  • A description of the survey suitable for deed use
  • Services which serve the purpose for which they were intended

If you have any complaints about the surveyors work, you may consult with the surveyor and try to reach an agreement. If you still have a problem, contact the Illinois Professional Land Surveyor's Association. I.P.L.S. maintains vigilance over surveyor's actions through it's Ethics and Practices Committee.