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…

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…

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…