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Land Surveyor Hawaii Services
When purchasing or selling a Hawaii property, it is typically required, that a property is land surveyed. We service two types of primary property surveys. The first is a boundary staking (K1) and the more through is a full-property survey (K2).
Our company are also experts in topographic land surveys and maps. The purpose of a topographic survey is to collect all data, including elevations - that exists on the property. Topographic maps are a great way to show elevation and certain grading features.
In Hawaii, the shoreline is always changing due to the effects of ongoing tidal changes and large surf. Therefore, the state law prescribes that the "shoreline" be defined at the high wash of the waves at their peak. We're experts in determining the boundary as defined by law.
All Oahu Land Surveying Services
Honolulu Property Survey
K2 Full Survey + Drone Map Overlay
K1 Survey Staking Property Corners
Topographic Survey Oahu
Drone Survey Oahu
Construction Survey Oahu
Shoreline Certificate Hawaii
Subdivision Survey Hawaii
Land Court Map Hawaii
File Plan Map
Land Surveying in Hawaii
Land Surveying on the Hawaiian Islands is the profession and science of determining the distance and/or heights between various points. The points are usually Hawaii property points to establish land boundaries when buying or selling a home. However, the topography of the land surface can also be measured for drainage, civil engineering, or other purposes. Our Hawaii land surveying company uses this data to established maps and land ownership on Oahu. This is required by the State of Hawaii when buying or selling any land property.
The Details Of Honolulu Property Surveys
The Specifics of a Property Survey: Once an individual decides to purchase property in Hawaii, they will need to perform research. The real estate term we use is due diligence. This means the purchaser is aware of the condition of the home and property. This prepares them for whatever may happen. Home insurance or a home warranty helps protect the buyer from anything beyond their control. One of the most important steps they can take is having a property survey. A property survey is required by the majority of mortgage companies to make certain the property being purchased is worth the amount of the loan.
The land surveyor will conduct research prior to looking at the land. The history of the deed is researched. In some cases, a title search is performed. This shows no discrepancies are present regarding the owner of the land. The Oahu land surveyors then go to the property to make a sketch of the land including the elements of the property and the boundaries. We call this fieldwork. Once the survey is complete, a map detailing the legal boundaries of the property is prepared. This includes the street address, any improvements necessary, a description of the property and the location of adjacent properties and buildings.
Easements and right of ways are also included in the property survey. These details refer to shared driveways or yards and who has the right of way to the alleyway between the houses or the street. A Honolulu property survey provides information about the property including any stipulations. Performing due diligence is still necessary. The potential buyer should receive several quotes from different surveyor companies. This enables them to choose the one best suited to their needs. The buyer should accompany the surveyor for the property survey to find out more about the land. Any potential issues will be revealed. This is also a good time to ask questions.
The Importance of Oahu Land Surveyors
Performing due diligence will prevent an expensive mistake such as building a home on land belonging to someone else. There have been cases where this has happened. There was a case where a 1.8 million dollar home was being purchased. Fortunately, the potential buyers hired a property surveyor. The surveyor discovered the land the home was built on was owned by a public park. The Supreme Court ordered the home removed from the land. This prevented the potential buyers from purchasing the home and stopped them from making an extremely expensive mistake. In yet another case, the property surveyor discovered the potential purchaser was buying property owned by a company as opposed to the actual seller.
The Reasons to Hire a Property Surveyor Near Me
For anyone who has ever wondered if finding a property surveyor near me is important, the answer is yes. A professional surveyor in Hawaii is experienced and skilled in finding any issues with the property before they become a problem. The most common reasons for hiring a property surveyor are defined below.
The Boundaries: One of the most frequent reasons for having a Honolulu property survey is boundry lines. This information is critical for paving a driveway, building a lanai or adding a fence. There have been numerous instances where the neighbors were confused as to where the actual line separating the properties was located. Prior to building or adding anything, the boundary line must be determined or the property owner risks building something on someone else's property. The boundary line certification also reveals if the legal information for the property is accurate.
The Utility Lines and Cables: Although wires above the ground and poles are obvious, underground drains, pipes and wires and manhole covers must also be considered. The land surveyor will determine the location of existing underground drains and cables for the local utility companies. There are two reasons this information is important. First, no excavation or construction can occur until the specific location of all underground utilities is established. Second, in some instances utility companies can use part of the land to maintain their utility lines. They may also able to place a limit on the height of the trees on the property.
Underground Waters: A general survey report only shows surface or visible waters such as ponds, creeks, wells and streams. A professional property survey is necessary for revealing any underground waters.
Gaps and Overlaps: The boundary line certification usually states unless otherwise noted, no discrepancies exist between the boundary lines for the adjoining property and the property being purchased. This is extremely important if the property is near roads, streets, alleys or highways.
Ingress and Egress: The property survey will state if there is a physical vehicular egress and ingress to a public street. The adequacy of access will be specified for certain purposes including a driveway for the owners, emergency vehicles including police cars and fire trucks and delivery trucks.
Abandoned Roads and Easements: The survey shows all conditions enforced by law in the agreements and title report for the property. A good example is if the property is blocking access to the road for the neighbor. An easement is an old agreement. If this exists, the neighbor has the right to access the street by walking across the property. There may have been another road that has since been abandoned.
Cemeteries: Although it is unlikely, there may be a burial grounds on the property. The precise location of any cemetery on the property will be shown in the property survey.
Existing Improvements: The property survey will state that any improvements or repairs necessary for the property at the time the survey was made do not violate any restrictions or laws. This includes height, dimension. building lines, parking, bulk, frontage and setbacks. The report will also determine if any improvements have violated any laws or local ordinances. In this case, changes must be made.
Zoning Classification: Property can be zoned for light industrial or residential use. Specific restrictions are placed on the uses of the property by the zoning classification. The survey will report the zoning classification and jurisdiction. The uses of the property must conform to the zoning ordinances.
Joint Driveways: In the case of a joint driveway, the survey will state both property owners are required by law to maintain their portion of the driveway.
The Different Types of Surveys
A land surveyor Hawaii is the science and profession of determining the height and distance between specific points. These points are generally used to establish boundaries between properties. The topography of the property is also used to measure for numerous purposes including civil engineering and drainage. When selling or purchasing any land property in Hawaii, the state requires this data for land ownership and established maps. There are many different types of surveys available. This includes the following.
Shoreline Survey: The shoreline in Hawaii is consistently changing due to the impact of the large surf and ongoing tidal changes. According to the state, the definition of the shoreline is the high wash generated by the waves when they are at their peak. A land surveyor Hawaii can determine the shoreline boundary according to the law.
Construction Survey: This type of survey is critical for construction projects. The survey begins with the initial layout and ends with the final certifications while covering everything in between.
Flood Elevation Certification: If the property requires flood insurance, a flood elevation certification is required.
Topographic Survey: This type of survey provides maps and topographic land surveys. The purpose of the survey is the collection of all data existing on the property including elevations. Topographic maps are an excellent option for showing specific grading features and elevation.
Volumetric Survey: This survey is for earthwork quantities, inventory updates, stockpiles and mining operations.
Property Survey: Property surveys are usually required for selling or purchasing any property in Hawaii. There are two different types of property surveys. The full property survey is more thorough than boundary staking.
Commercial and Residential Boundary Surveys: Boundary surveys are for specific requirements including conveyances or general purposes. The survey can be for residential or commercial use.
Topographic Surveys: This survey provides a topographic map for any type of land such as flat, elevated, rural or urban.
Mapping Surveys: This covers consolidations, right of ways, condominium properties, subdivisions, easements, lot determinations, etc.
Surveys vs Staking in Hawaii
Even if the lender does not require a property survey, it is highly recommended. There are two different options for a property survey in Hawaii, the property survey and the staking survey. There are a lot of reasons the property survey is recommended. When the purchaser chooses a staking of their potential property, the surveyor goes to the property to ensure the accuracy of the boundary lines. These lines are marked clearly for the purchaser to view. No map is included with a staking.
The full property survey is more detailed. In addition to verifying the corners of the boundary lines, the surveyor prepares a complete map of the property. This includes any structures located on or near the boundary line. If any encroachments are found, they will be included on the map. Knowing about any encroachments prior to purchasing the property is extremely important. This enables the purchaser to determine which property owns the structures. Any problems can be discussed and handled prior to the closing.
The price for a property survey is determined by the condition and size of the property. In most cases, the property survey is paid for by the seller. Even if the seller refuses to pay for this survey, the purchaser should have a full property survey performed. In addition to revealing critical details, the purchaser will receive valuable peace of mind.