• ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys

    This type of survey involves a national standard that incorporates a higher level of precision, procedure, and professional service. The program was initially created by the American Land Title Association (ALTA) in cooperation with the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM). Because of varying minimum technical standards from state to state, they saw the need for a national standard to protect lenders and buyers from potentially substandard work.

    ALTA Surveying

    Chastain land surveying services provide surveys to the ALTA/ACSM standard. Contact us for a free quote!

    Commonly referred to simply as an "ALTA", certain procedures are required to bring about a quality finished product. Among these procedures is a requirement that the findings of the title search be provided to the surveyor, and that all potential exceptions to the title policy are addressed on the survey. Associated with the ALTA process is a uniform format to add additional information that may be specific to the buyer, the buyer's use of the property, local zoning requirements, or the lender. These additional items are contained in Table A of the ALTA specifications and are typically items that are not otherwise required by state or local standards. They can include such items as topography/contours, building height, exterior structure dimensions, setback lines, parking space inventory, and aerial photography overlay.

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    Please visit the ALTA/ACSM web page to view their standards.

    With the recent changes in the banking and real estate sectors, more lenders and investors are leaning towards requiring ALTA/ACSM surveys as "the standard" when buying and selling real estate. Chastain & Associates, P.C. has performed many ALTA surveys over the last several years, ranging from very small retail parcels to large commercial tracts. We are capable of delivering your ALTA survey with any Table A optional items.

  • Commercial Site Plans

    Commercial site plans are almost always required for non-residential construction in most cities and counties. The requirements for these plans can vary widely. It is very important for the builder or developer to carefully select the firm that prepares the plan. A quick and cheap plan can often result in unnecessary construction costs that often are not detected. Chastain & Associates, P.C. recognizes that we are your advocate and portal with both the project budget and the permit issuing authority. We feel that it is our professional and fiduciary responsibility to minimize costs. We also recognize that timing can be very important. Deadlines can often fall at seemingly odd times, and missing them can mean delays of weeks or even months.

    Commercial Site Plans

    Chastain & Associates, P.C. has planned several commercial sites. It is most important that the structure designer (usually an architect or builder) meet with the site planner in order to understand the desired outcome of traffic flow, visibility, and any loading docks or other building features that have special grading or drainage requirements. Often we may need to produce one or more alternate plans to present different options regarding traffic flow, drainage expenses, etc.

    Experienced professional builders know that extra planning such as a thorough site plan that is prepared before construction can save both time and money over the course of a project. Mark Chastain grew up around the building industry as the son of a second generation master builder. He holds a valid Georgia Residential/Light Construction Contractor's license and knows how things are supposed to fit on the ground, not just on paper.

    If you are considering developing a commercial or industrial site, please give us a call.

  • Residential Site Plans

    Residential site plans may be required for building permits or may be desired for a number of reasons even when not required. Plans that may be required for building permits include Home Site Placement Plan, Mountain Protection Plan, Land Disturbance Plan, Septic System Plan, and Erosion Control Plan (see section on erosion control plans). The requirements for these plans have varied reasoning and history.

    Residential Site Plans

    Many architects and master builders will require a site plan, often also called a Plot Plan, in order to better plan the function, appeal, and expense of building a house. Prudent planning before construction costs can save many thousands of dollars in unnecessary expenses in such areas as retaining walls, foundation walls, driveway construction, and grading. An accurate topographic survey combined with the architectural plans of the home can produce a tremendous planning tool when preparing to design a home. It is not uncommon for the site planning process to discover problems that would otherwise have been discovered after construction began.

    Experienced professional builders know that extra planning such as a thorough site plan that is prepared before construction can save both time and money over the course of a project. Mark Chastain grew up around the building industry as the son of a second generation master builder. He holds a valid Georgia Residential/Light Construction Contractor's license and knows how things are supposed to fit on the ground, not just on paper.

    Since local requirements and individual preferences for residential site plans can vary case by case, the costs can also. If you are interested in having Chastain & Associates prepare a residential site plan, please contact us with some basic information, and we'll take it from there. We can also perform a complete property evaluation.