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 elevation certificates in Hull, 1 elevation certificate in Quincy, 1 elevation certificate in Revere, 1 elevation certificate in Weymouth, 1 elevation certificate in Milton, and 1 elevation certificate in South Boston. These were for a mix of residential and commercial properties. Flood zone designations are based on entire areas rather than individual property elevations. For this reason, many properties – in fact the majority – are able to be removed from the flood zone with the completion of an elevation certificate by a licensed land surveyor. For more information, call Massachusetts Survey Consultants at (617) 899-0703.