Survey(or) Says

Survey(or) Says

Although sometimes unappreciated, a professional surveyor is an important contributor to the successful outcome of your new home or existing home expansion and remodeling project.

Among a surveyor’s  responsibilities, establishing lot lines and flood protection grades, drawing plot plans and staking buildings on the site are but a few of the crucial functions they perform. Although some of this work can be provided by someone less qualified, the penalty for even a seemingly minor  infraction can be severe and take a lot of time and money to remedy.

Many times there is no choice but to position a new home or room addition very close to the minimum distance from a property line allowed by a plat or ordinance. This very small margin for error is very common on lake side properties where land is at a premium but it is not rare in other areas as well.

With the tight tolerances in mind, it just makes common sense to contract with a professional to position your home to be in compliance with the requirements. Cutting edge equipment allows for precision by the surveyor that is not possible with older, less reliable technology.

No less important is making certain that the home is being constructed out of any flood plain to prevent the owner a lifetime of paying for flood insurance. The margin for this can be very slim and like set-backs, a violation no matter how small will be the source of much grief. There is really no distinction made between a 1” error and a 10’ error, a violation is a violation.

Our experience of building lake and vacation homes over the years has proven that it is very common to encounter disputed property lines around the lakes. To have the assistance of an experienced surveyor to work through those issues has been invaluable.

Most banks and building departments require that they are provided with an as-built survey performed by a certified surveyor prior to closing on a loan or issuing a Certificate of Occupancy. Since this is normally the case we include a survey allowance in any bid that we provide for a project. Although this cost may not be accounted for in other’s bids we prefer you not be surprised by additional expenses at closing for things like the required surveying work.

About the Author:

Lynn Delagrange Inc. was formed in 1985 as L.D. Construction Inc. d.b.a. Chateaus by Delagrange. Louis Delagrange was the company’s first president and Lynn Delagrange served as vice-president for the organization. Prior to the company’s formation Louis and Lynn ( Louis’ nephew ) had worked together on several residential project with Louis as the builder and Lynn as a freelance supervisor. In 2000, Lynn purchased Louis’ portion of the company and is its president and sole owner. The name of the company was changed to Lynn Delagrange, Inc. at the time ownership had changed. Lynn began his career in construction, at the age of 13, working summers on his father’s ( A. D. Delagrange ) building company. He has spent the entirety of his time since, involved in every aspect of the construction industry. Lynn has been married to his wife Sue since 1988 and together they have two grown children. Lynn and Sue attend Pathway Church regularly and he relies on his faith as guidance in the way the company is managed. He enjoys playing golf, spectator sports and reading. Ron Schrock has been superintendent for the company for over 20 years and visits each project on a daily basis to ensure things are progressing as expected and to expedite the project in any way necessary. Ron and his wife Patty are kept busy evenings and on the weekends enjoying their riding horses. Wanda Goneau is our administrative assistant, in charge of all of the office duties. She will be the pleasant voice answering the phone when you callus as well. Wanda is devoted to her four grandchildren and loves attending their many activities. Now that you know a little bit about us, we would love to get to know you!