This page contains my suggested surveyors for residential construction projects in and around Washtenaw County, Michigan including the surrounding communities of Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, Saline, Plymouth, Canton, Northville and Brighton. It also has information about the different surveying services that are typically offered and what to request when discussing your projects surveying needs.
Kem-Tec has always does a good and professional job surveying projects in the past, and there's a good chance they'll be able to help you as well.
Call the office @ (800) 295-7222
Washtenaw has been doing surveying in and around Ann Arbor for over 50 years. They are a large enough office to handle requests promptly. I’ve found them to have competitive prices and excellent work. Aaron has helped me here in the past and does thorough surveying and drafting work.
Call the office @ (734) 761-8800
We were able to work with Paul at Midwestern Consulting last year to verify some boundary lines on an extremely tight lot in Ann Arbor - their work was quick, accurate, and fairly priced. I consider them another great option.
Call Paul Kovacs @ 734.995.0200
Arbor Land Consultants
The folks at Arbor Land Consultants do an excellent job of helping position houses on tight or steep sites, and have consistently shown they are up to the technical challenges as well as the client-relationship building that every good project requires. I would recommend them without reservation - however, they're so good that you may need to get a reservation yourself – because I know they book out in advance for their top-notch service.
Contact Kevin @ (734) 669-2960 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Types of Survey Services we may need for your project
A simple survey showing property lines and building location. It is a general form of survey that does not definitely establish property lines, but approximates them. If the setbacks from the house and property line are large enough, this survey should be adequate for us to produce a site plan. However, when distances are close we'll need the next level of detail to ensure we're operating within our legal boundaries.
Also called: Mortgage Inspection, Mortgage Report, Mortgage Certificate
Cost: Typically < $600
Establishes the boundaries of property based on legal description. Typically involves the setting or restoration of markers at the property corners and sometimes staking along the property lines. This more in-depth survey is recommended for projects where the house is within 4'-0" of the setback lines, or where approximate property line locations are not already known.
Also called Stake Survey, Lot Survey, Lot Stake, Property Line Survey, Physical Survey, Certified Survey
Cost: Typically > $1200
Topographic Survey - add-on to Boundary Survey
A much more expensive and in-depth survey than the others, a topographic survey should be used on sloped sites where proper house placement is key to getting the design right. I have the ability to produce basic TOPO maps with the satellite data available, which are accurate to +/- 12", enough for a typical design - perhaps supplemented with TOPO data on a specific portion of the site. But if your site is sloped, you might consider the additional investment.
Cost: Typically > $1500
Property Line Verification
Occasionally, all that is needed is a verification of the existing property line locations, on one or two sides of the property, gives us enough information to produce a Site Plan through KJM Design Studio.
Certain service brackets / plans include a Site Plan, and if your project meets some basic requirements we may be able to help in-house.
Cost: May be Included in Proposal