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Eastern/Chadrow Associates, Inc. (ECA) is located Warminster, Pennsylvania, and specializes in land surveying, civil engineering, and planning for residential, commercial, industrial and municipal projects. If you are a homeowner, developer, architect, engineer or site contractor, ECA has the experience, tools and ability to make sure the job is completed from beginning to end. In addition to our many services and state-of-the-art equipment, we provide prompt service and attention to detail.

Monday, April 18, 2011

What is an ALTA/ASCM Survey?

An ALTA/ASCM Survey is a boundary survey of land prepared to a set of minimum standards that have been jointly prepared and adopted by the ALTA/ASCM. Additionally, an ALTA/ASCM Survey shows improvements, easements, rights-of-way, and other elements impacting the ownership of land. An ALTA/ASCM Survey is often prepared for commercial properties, as it will provide the title company with the information required to insure the title to the land and improvements to the high degree that a commercial development may require. In addition to the minimum standards set forth, a table of optional elements is included in the ALTA/ACSM standards.. A careful review of the elements from the optional "Table A" is helpful in delineating a clear scope of the land surveyor's services.

A current title commitment is required before an ALTA/ASCM Survey (title survey) can be completed. The land surveyor will refer to the title commitment for the legal description of the property and for the legal description of any encumbrances (exceptions). Areas of ownership, improvements and encumbrances will be shown graphically. If the survey discovers any encroachments, they should be shown graphically, and a note indicating the nature of the encroachment may also be added.

The certification language of the ALTA/ASCM Survey should include the names of the affected parties, including the buyer, seller, title company, and lender. The land surveyor must work in close association with the title insurance company, as the land surveyor and the title company are relying on each others work to show the matters affecting the ownership of the land and improvements in a comprehensive manner. Visit
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