• What is an ALTA survey? Why do we need an ALTA survey? When should you order an Alta survey? What is the typical range of the cost of an ALTA survey?

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    What is an ALTA survey?

    An American Land Title Association (ALTA) survey contains data specifying boundary lines, location of the main building including improvements, location of ancillary buildings, and the identification of utility and municipality easements.

    Why do we need an ALTA survey?

    An ALTA Survey is important so that the owner and lender knows the specific limitations/boundary line of the property. It will mitigate the risk of occupying the property beyond its boundaries.

    When should you order an Alta survey?

    An ALTA survey should be ordered prior to the closing as the title company requires it to ensure a clear title for the lender and the owner. It can be ordered at the same time 3rd party reports are ordered. In the event of construction, the ALTA survey should be ordered before construction starts as well as after completion.

    What is the typical range of the cost of an ALTA survey?

    An ALTA survey costs between $2,500 and $3,000.

  • What is hard costs, soft costs and project cost?

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    Project cost is defined as the total cost of the project including land, loan fee, hard costs, soft costs, contingency, interest reserve and closing costs.

    Hard Costs are all construction building materials that go into constructing the building including site work, actual construction costs which include the foundation, framing, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, drywall, roofing, solar (if applicable), landscaping, etc

    Soft costs are typically services provided such as architectural and engineering fees, interior design, permits, city impact fees including architectural fees, interior design, permits, city impact fees, fees for the drawings, civil engineering fees.

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