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What Is An ALTA Survey?

An ALTA survey is the Cadillac of all surveys. When an individual or business locates a piece of property that they are interested in, these clients go to Great Lakes Engineering to request a very detailed survey which meets national standards. These national standards are set by the American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) Land Title Survey Specifications. These surveys are much more detailed and extensive with the data it provides. Some of the information you can expect on an ALTA survey includes:

  • Land improvements
  • Property boundaries
  • Encroachments
  • Localities
  • Utilities
  • Legal property description
  • Flood zone classification 


An ALTA/NSPS Survey is a minimum standard detail requirement for land title surveys established by the American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). ALTA surveys are relied upon by the clients, insurers, insured and lenders, these surveys require higher precision, without exception. ALTA surveys are usually performed when an industrial or commercial property is transferred. These surveys are thoroughly researched for deed descriptions, utility records, planning, zoning, and flood information, and are based on a current Title Report.

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Who Needs An ALTA Survey?

At Great Lakes Engineering, we are more than happy to perform an ALTA survey for anyone who is interested. However, more often than not, commercial sites and commercial businesses request this survey the most. These clients that reach out for this service are willing to invest in this specific plot of land. This area can be used as the home base for the business or to be used to expand the business into a region. 

When they receive their ALTA survey, they are inspecting to assure that this property will meet the needs for the facility currently and in the future. It is important to consider that it is likely that the property will face expansions or add-ons during the time the business resides on this plot. While it isn’t that common, we still do see homeowners request this service to get a detailed survey for a residential piece of property.

When you are in need of an ALTA Survey, reach out to the professionals at Great Lakes Engineering.

Boundary Survey

A Boundary survey determines the property lines of a tract of land described in a deed. It will also indicate the extent of any easements or encroachments and show the limitations imposed on the property by state or local regulations. The boundary survey will mark the corners of the property, and a plat of the survey will be prepared and include a written surveyor’s report giving the licensed land surveyor’s professional opinion of the cause and the amount of uncertainty in those boundary lines and corners.

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