Salem Elevation Certificate

We recently performed a land survey in Salem, MA. This was for an Elevation Certificate in Salem for a direct waterfront property on the harbor. The homeowner had recently been told that he was in a flood zone and would need flood insurance. After completing the property survey in Salem, we found that the lowest […]

Elevation Survey in Shrewsbury, MA

We recently conducted a property survey in Shrewsbury, MA. This was actually an elevation survey for one homeowner who had been paying flood insurance for years. After conducting the survey, it turned out the home is actually not in a flood zone. The homeowner was understandably very happy. Once the elevation certificate is submitted to […]

Elevation Certificate in Lowell Increases Home’s Salability

When looking at a property to purchase, home buyers consider many factors, such as location, size, curb appeal, school system, property taxes and more.  Recently we completed an elevation certificate in Lowell for a homeowner who was unable to sell their home. The cost of flood insurance for their property had proved enough to deter […]

What is a Special Flood Hazard Area?

A Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) is an area as determined by FEMA on a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) map which has a 1-percent or greater chance of flooding in any given year. SFHAs may also be referred to as the 1-percent-annual-chance floodplain, base floodplain, or the 100-year floodplain. Properties located within an SFHA […]

Changing Your Property’s Flood Zone Designation

Is your property in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) and you believe this designation to be incorrect?  If so, you can request a change to your flood zone designation. To do this, you need to submit an application for a formal determination of the property’s location and/or elevation to the Federal Emergency Management Agency […]

Disputing Your Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) Designation

If your lender has determined that your property is in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) as shown on a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) yet you disagree, you do have some options. In these cases, property owners can request either a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or Letter of Map Revision Based on Fill […]

Can’t Get Out of the Flood Zone? An Elevation Certificate Can Still Help

At Massachusetts Survey Consultants, we’ve been very busy with elevation certificate requests, from elevation certificates in Malden, Winthrop and Revere, and elevation certificates in Essex and Beverly, to elevation certificates in Quincy and Hull, and elevation certificates in Framingham, Lexington, Chelmsford and beyond.  With the recent updates to FEMA flood zone maps, elevation certificates have […]

Working as a Land Surveyor in Newton, Massachusetts

The other day we performed a land survey in Newton, Massachusetts, for a new home construction. Land surveyors contribute many valuable services to the new home construction process, including boundary surveys, site design and layout, and construction staking. In essence, the land surveyor assists with quality control. Sometimes we will work with the builder or […]

Demand for Massachusetts Elevation Certificates on the Rise

We have been very busy over the past year with requests for elevation certificates. This is due in large part to recent updates by FEMA to their flood maps which have many properties newly designated as flood hazards.  Over a two-day period this past Thanksgiving weekend, we completed a whopping 7 elevation certificates, including 2 […]

Streamlining FEMA Elevation Certificates for Massachusetts Residents

FEMA has unveiled a new feature for requesting a change in a property’s flood zone designation which has now made the process easier and quicker.  With the Online Letter of Map Change (LOMC), professional land surveyors can now request a change over the web, instead of by mail, on behalf of clients who believe their […]