Boundary Surveying

I just wanted to thank you again for your outstanding presentation last night at our ASHI meeting. I learned more from you than any speaker in recent memory. Perhaps it was because your subject was relevant to my profession, but your style of plain speaking, fact based information was well received and appreciated..

Tom Bossard


75 Nolle Ct
Saint Charles, MO 63304-7209


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Boundary Survey

A Boundary survey (referred to sometimes as a stake, lot, or property survey) provides an exact location of improvements such as fences, retaining walls, etc. on your land. All property corners are located and accurately marked. A boundary survey will also show the building lines and all of the easements of record as shown on the recorded subdivision plat or referenced in a provided title commitment.

If the survey is being prepared in conjunction with the purchase of a property, survey insurance coverage is given to both the buyer and the mortgage company. Lenders of commercial property rely on a boundary survey to evaluate the value and use of the property. The end result of a boundary survey is a detailed drawing that will show the results of the survey fieldwork and all items that are pertinent to the survey.

Boundary Survey Cost and Considerations

The cost to have a professional land surveyor perform a boundary survey varies. It is based on the location of the property, size of the lot, age of the subdivision, and foliage surrounding the lot.

For a lot that is less than a 1/2 acre, a Boundary Survey cost will range from $500 to $1500. Large properties or older subdivisions typically require a custom quote from professional land surveyors.

Survey Process
  • All Property corners are located and verified, or reestablished and reset.
  • Corners are typically indicated by a survey monument, which is typically a rebar or iron pipe located at the property corner. The typical length of the survey monument is 18” or 24”. Most monuments are set flush with the ground or are located slightly below ground level.
  • Corners will be spray painted with pink paint for ease of viewing.
  • Corners will be marked with either a wood lath (stake) with pink flagging or a pink pin flag. Both items will have writing of “lot corner” on them. They will be placed next to the property corner. The lath and pin flags are designed to assist you in locating your corners, they do NOT represent a property corner.
  • Improvements, such as homes, buildings, sheds, pools, fences, retaining walls and items permanent in nature can be located at the time of survey.
  • All potential encroachments are shown and labeled on drawing. All fences are shown on the drawing, regardless of ownership.
  • Can be used to establish property lines and can be used for building fences, retaining walls, additions, pools, sheds, and improvements.
  • Meets requirements of most municipalities to submit for permits for improvements to a property.
  • Complies with Missouri Minimum Standards for Boundary Surveys per Missouri State Statutes.
  • This is a legally binding document.
Boundary Survey Types

ALTA Surveys / ACSM (American Land Title Association and American Congress on Surveying and Mapping).
An ALTA is a boundary survey that meets national standards.

Property Taxes

We perform Boundary Surveys on the following types of properties:

  • Single Family Home
  • Duplex, Villa, Condo, Townhouse or Multi-Family building
    – Regardless of if you own or are purchasing the entire building or only own or are purchasing one unit.
  • Commercial Property
  • Industrial Property
More Survey Types
  • ALTA/ACSM (American Land Title Association and American Congress on Surveying & Mapping)
    These surveys meet a National Standard.
    • Used by lenders of a commercial property to evaluate the value and use of the property.
    • Survey request must come with a “Table A” form completed before the surveyor can proceed.
Boundary Survey Cost St Louis
lath setting with hammer
lath point on line with rebar closeup

Surveying Property Lines

Current owners of the property or potential buyers of the property rely on boundary surveys as a way to locate, verify or reestablish and reset property corners for residential, commercial, or industrial properties. Corners are indicated by a survey monument, which is typically a rebar or iron pipe located at each property corner. Most monuments are difficult to see as they are set flush or slightly below ground level. Most survey monument types are magnetic in nature and can be found by using a metal detector if they exist.