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Do Property Lines End at the Sidewalk or Curb?

May 30, 2022 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

One common question we get asked is where does my property line end, at the sidewalk or the curb? The answer may depend on your municipality, but typically, your property line starts at the curb. However, there may be instances where your property line ends at the sidewalk. 1. Determinant Factors As a property owner, you are likely to ask yourself many questions. "Does my property end at the sidewalk or the curb?” or "does my property line start at the curb?" Some factors can help determine whether your property line ends at the sidewalk or the curb. One is... View Article


Do Elevation Certificates Expire?

May 30, 2022 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

An elevation certificate is an important document required by many mortgage lenders, insurance companies, and local building departments. This certificate verifies the elevation of a structure about the base flood elevation (BFE) — the height water is expected to reach during a base flood. The BFE is determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). What Are Flood Elevation Certificates? Elevation certificates are issued by licensed land surveyors, professional engineers, or registered architects. The body issuing the certificate must have evidence that the structure was built to meet or exceed the minimum elevation requirements. The certificate must be signed and... View Article


How Elevation Determines Flood Risk

May 4, 2022 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Floods are a terribly destructive force that can not only damage the land around your home or property but can also damage and destroy the buildings on the property. Determining the flood elevation of a property can help you decide if you need flood insurance and assess your own flood risk. So what is flood elevation and how does it affect your property? Keep reading to find out. What Is a Negative Flood Elevation? When determining the risk of a flood there are three types of elevation to consider. The first is base flood elevation. This is the typical elevation and... View Article


What Is Lot Grading and Why Is It Important?

April 15, 2022 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Most communities in the United States have a master plan that determines what you can build and where. A master plan very much emphasizes the importance of lot grading, which is what enables drainage and sensible development to occur. The idea is to take into account the land, the climate, and how smart construction could work without creating massive problems within the community. When communities grow with no real control or plan for development, very bad things can happen. Sewage could become a truly deadly issue by flowing onto other properties and contaminating them with pollutants and fecal matter. A... View Article


Different Types of Land Surveys

April 15, 2022 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Land surveys allow you to better understand your land boundaries. A survey is usually performed to describe, locate, map, and monument the boundaries and the corners of your land. But what are the different types of land surveying? As a landowner, you can use different types of land surveys options when surveying your land. As a property owner, it is very important to have your land surveyed to understand where your ownership boundaries lie. Different occasions call for a surveyor’s services, like when you are purchasing or selling a parcel of land or home, dividing your land into smaller parts, or installing fences... View Article