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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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When Do You Need a Land Surveyor?

There are a variety of reasons why you may need the services of a licensed Massachusetts land surveyor, including the following: If you are purchasing or selling land. If you are subdividing land. If you are purchasing Title Insurance. If you are refinancing or obtaining a mortgage. If you are building a house or adding…

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What is a Land Surveyor?

A land surveyor is a professional with unique qualifications, training and experience to perform land surveys to accurately determine the terrestrial or three-dimensional position of points and the distances and angles between them, often to establish boundaries for ownership or governmental purposes or for land maps. A registered Massachusetts surveyor has passed a series of…

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How Can a Land Surveyor Assist Me?

Professional land surveyors can help you in a variety of ways. If you have a conflict or are curious about the boundaries of your land, a surveyor can review your deed and other evidence in order to give you his professional opinion. He or she can also identify or set monuments at your property corners…

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Arlington Property Survey for Addition

We had our land surveyors in Arlington for a property survey the other day. This was for homeowners who were looking to build an addition on their existing house.  The survey ensured that the proposed addition met the setback requirements of the town before moving forward with construction. Every town has different setback requirements so…

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Middleton Property Survey

Recently we had our land surveyors in Middleton for a property survey and stake out.  The property owners were looking to install a fence on their property line. Though not required by all towns, it is always a good idea to first get a professional land survey prior to fence installation, particularly if you want…

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Blog Series: Elevation Certificates in Burlington, MA

If you’re looking for information about elevation certificates in Burlington, MA, the town website has a decent amount of information.  One of the most helpful resources is a Clickable Map of Burlington which allows you to click on any area within the town to see the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for that area. …

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Blog Series: Elevation Certificates in Beverly, MA

For those seeking information regarding elevation certificates in Beverly, MA, the city website does have detailed information available online.  This includes links to the new FEMA flood maps along with details regarding the FEMA Flood Map Informational Meeting held in April. It’s important for homeowners to know that FEMA’s flood maps are based on elevation…

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Blog Series: Elevation Certificates in Waltham, MA

If you’re looking for information on elevation certificates in Waltham, MA, there is information available on the city website.  The FAQ section contains frequently asked questions from the Conservation Commission, including the FAQ “Where do I find flood zone information?”  Included are links to FEMA for flood zone information and Flood Smart for flood insurance…

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Looking to Get Out of the Special Flood Hazard Zone?

The Odds Are In Your Favor With the recent updates in FEMA flood maps, many property owners are understandably concerned about rising flood insurance in Massachusetts. For some, it’s a matter of seeing their current rates double, triple or worse, while others now have to acquire flood insurance for the first time. What many property…

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