Hebert Associates, Inc. Land Surveying

Land Surveying

At Hebert Associates, Inc., we have the experience, knowledge and expertise to perform all types of land surveying services for land owners and developers alike.  

Our professional land surveyors are registered with the State of Wisconsin and have over 60 years of combined experience in all types of boundary and construction surveying. They have the experience, knowledge and expertise to perform all surveys to the highest standards and properly apply the law based upon all available evidence whenever making a boundary determination.

We use the latest technologies in land surveying, including robotic total stations, survey grade Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and CADD (computer aided drafting and design). This means that your survey will be performed with greater accuracy and much faster than what used to be possible. In addition, we have the ability to deliver our finished products on paper as well as electronically.

The Principle of Hebert Associates, Inc., James A. Hebert, is also the Outagamie County Surveyor.

Lot Surveys

Lot SurveyA survey that reestablishes the lot lines of an existing lot, usually within a platted subdivision, is referred to as a Lot Survey.  Lot surveys are often required to help settle lot line disputes or to put up a fence, house addition, or various other structures.

A plat of survey is furnished with all lot surveys.  The plat of survey (click on the image to the right) contains much information.  It shows the bearings (direction) or angles and distances around the lot, it shows any structures on the lot, it shows the location and type of all monuments (corner markers) found or set.  It can also show if there are any problems such as encroachments by structures or objects that cross the lot line, or problems with title such as deed gaps and overlaps.

The plat of survey can also be useful if a surly neighbor decides to remove the corner markers, an all too common problem, or if they are inadvertently removed by construction activity.   The plat of survey is evidence as to what was set at the lot corners and where it was set so that it can be easily reset and, if necessary, the plat of survey can be used to prove in a court of law that the corner marker was reset in the proper location.

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ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys

ALTA SurveyThe American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) along with the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) jointly adopted a set of standards by which lenders, title companies, etc. could be assured of a certain level of precision and quality in the survey on which they base their title insurance. These rules are updated periodically and must be strictly followed by the Professional Land Surveyor who is performing the survey. This type of survey is called an "ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey" or commonly referred to as an "ALTA" survey.

Not all Land Title Surveys are ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys.  However, it is becoming increasingly common for lenders to require ALTA surveys for loans on all commercial property. The ALTA survey is to be performed in accordance with the most recent standards as set forth in the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys.

ACSM essentially disbanded in 2011, leaving the NSPS to take over their functions, however, the standards are still referred to as ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey standards.

For more information about the standards and the purpose they serve, click here to visit the NSPS web site.

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Condominium Plats

Condominium plats can be of virtually any size from one unit on up and, unlike subdivision plats, do not always require a formal review. However, local governments are increasingly requiring that condominiums be reviewed. 

There are two types of condominiums, regular and small.  A small condominium is any condominium that contains four units or less.  The requirements for a small condominium plat are less stringent than the requirements for a regular condominium plat. 

Condominiums are generally divided into two basic areas, the units and the common elements. The units in a condominium can either be existing (duplexes, apartments, etc.) or proposed (new construction).  A unit is the area that is actually owned and fully controlled by the individual owner. The common elements are owned in common by all the owners within the condominium complex. A common element can either be for the use of all owners within the complex or it can be specified as a "limited common element" which is reserved for the exclusive use of the owner of usually just one unit even though all owners have a common ownership interest in it.

"Twindominiums"

It has become increasingly popular to convert an existing duplex into a small, two unit, condominium. This way, each side of the duplex can be sold separately instead of selling the entire duplex.  It is often times preferable to do this instead of renting out each side.  This type of condominium is commonly referred to as a "Twindominiums" although it is actually a 2 unit condominium. 

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