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Providing an indispensable service to attorneys, builders and land developers Andrew Spiewak Land Surveyor, Inc. is available for all types of land surveying work.

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Frequently Asked Survey Questions

Land Surveying is a technique, profession and a science of accurately determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional positions of points, distances, and angles between them. This is a common practice used by Surveyors.  These points are usually on the surface of the Earth and they are often used to establish land map boundaries for ownership.  The plat map shows building corners, surface location of site improvements and subsurface location of site infrastructure acquired by data maps. Andrew Spiewak Land Surveyor provides such plat maps for homeowners, developers, attorneys, architects and Engineers as needed.      

Who is a Land Surveyor?
When might I need a Survey?
How much will a Survey cost?
What can a Surveyor do for me?
What does the Surveyor need from me?
What should I receive from the Professional Land Surveyor?

Surveyor's Liability
Requests Of Old Copies

Who 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 licensure required by the State of Illinois to practice Land Surveying in Illinois.

When might I need a Survey?

  • When buying or selling land, the location of which 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 line.
  • Before a lot is conveyed from a larger tract.
  • Before developing the property.
  • When you believe someone has built on your property.

How much will a Survey cost?

Fees of Surveyors are on a level with other professions. The Surveyor's fees are dependent upon the size of the tract and other factors including, the terrain and vegetation, accessibility, and if reliable survey monuments exist in the area. Therefore, the surveyors will estimate the approximate costs of the survey for you prior to commencing the work. However, do not depend on the lowest priced survey to be the best survey. Obtain the services of a reputable Surveyor.

What can a Surveyor do for me?

  • Advise you whether you need a survey or 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, right-of-ways, encroachments, etc.
  • Appear in court as an expert witness.

What does the Surveyor need from me?

The more information you can furnish the Surveyor, the more you may expedite the land surveyor's 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 the Professional Land Surveyor?

Plat or plats showing all desired information.

Surveyor's Liability

“A $3,000 fee from a surveyor who did next to nothing" an unethical statement! It is not as black-and-white as it initially seems. What does a surveyor bill for? Does he bill for the time spent on the job, or does he bill for his potential liability?

When the surveyor does the work a second time, hasn’t he again incurred liability for his survey a second time around? Indeed, just as much liability as the first time? After all, he has now extended the statute of limitations for his liability, as set forth in 735 ILCS 5/13-222. And if this is the case, shouldn’t he be compensated for incurring this liability?

Requests Of Old Copies

Surveyors need to understand that there is only ONE reason someone wants a copy of an old survey or wants parties added to a certification and that is because those surveys are going to be used for other than their original intended purpose. This unquestionably increases the surveyor’s liability and extends it to new parties. Surveyors are- at best- compensated meagerly for that pleasure (or vilified if they ask for appropriate compensation).