Monday, December 2, 2019

Property Survey

Are you looking for property surveyors in Bergen County NJ? Omland & Osterkorn is an engineering and surveying firm staffed by expert title surveyors, boundary surveyors, topographic surveyors and property surveyors in Bergen County NJ.

If you have a property or are planning to buy a property then the first thing that you should be looking at is the things in and around the property. The property could be anything from a house or an office space, a commercial building or a park even, but knowing the essentialities of the property is vital for various reasons.

What does a property survey consist of?


Property surveys consist of giving a complete three-dimensional view of the lines, boundaries, points, and angles of the said property. It basically gives you complete health and condition of the property along with a clear picture of the area that the property consumes to the last point of precision. In short, it is a three-dimensional map of the house.

Why a property survey is done?



A property survey is very useful in understanding the health and the condition of the property. The property survey report will give you a fair idea as to how to go about fighting for the property when there is a legal dispute about the area and the property that comprises it. The other advantage of having a property survey is to get a fair idea of the risks involved in the property. Most importantly information like flood risks involved in the property. This is received by doing another survey that provides the flood elevation certificate that gives you an idea of the flood risks involved in the property. This is very helpful because you get to waive off or at least reduce the amount of insurance you are paying to safeguard the property from flood. This can be determined through the survey too. If it is a barren land and you have a plan to start construction on this property then a property survey is going to help you with an evaluation of the best means of performing the construction

Who can do this for you?

A property surveyor usually possesses knowledge in elements of geometry, trigonometry, regression analysis, physics, engineering, metrology, programming languages, and the law. The combine all of these fields’ inputs to provide an accurate three Dimensional Property survey and you can get it done with great precision and affordable prices with Omland & Osterkorn, Inc.

To schedule an appointment with property surveyors in Bergen County NJ, call 973-647-7820.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Elevation Certificates


Are you looking for an Elevation Certificate in Bergen County NJ?

In today’s day and age, the number of natural calamities that one is faced with is enormous. It is always necessary to be prepared rather than be sorry. One of the calamities that all of us are aware of is floods. Once you are attacked by a flood a lot of your personal belongings may be ruined and even worse your house may suffer serious damage. This is precisely why being prepared for the flood is very important. How can one be prepared is the obvious next question. The answer is to get insurance, but there is one important certificate that you will need in order to get insurance and that is the Elevation certificate.

What is an elevation certificate?

The Elevation certificates are provided after careful measurement from a particular tool that is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Association. This helps in understanding the
elevation, meaning the height at which your particular house has been placed and how much of a risk it is going to face from an impending flood if there is going to be one. Once you have the assessment, claiming the insurance will be easier and you will get a fairly clear idea of how much of a risk the floods are going to pose to your house or apartment.

How is it useful?

All houses need to have insurance against natural calamities like floods and earthquakes, etc. Having an elevation certificate will give you an idea about how much you should be paying for the insurance. The insurance prices will come down based on the rating you get on these elevation certificates. It basically gauges how much potential damage is going to occur to your house based on the elevation of your house during an unfortunate situation such as a flood that may occur. After the house has been inspected and you have received your elevation certificate, you may sometimes discover that your house isn’t at flood risk. So if you are wondering that getting the elevation certificate serves no purpose, then you aren’t more wrong. Because if you get a certificate that confirms that your house is not at risk then there is a chance that your flood insurance can be waived off.

Where to get an elevation certificate done?

Schedule an appointment with Omland & Osterkorn and receive your elevation certificate at a time and an affordable price.

For more information about elevation certificates in Bergen County NJ, speak to one of our engineers at 973-647-7820.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

What a Property Survey Is Used For?

Property survey in Bergen County NJ
It is not uncommon to hear about land disputes among members of a community or a colleague or friend reporting that their next-door neighbor is encroaching on their property and they have no idea what to do.
Do any of the scenarios above sound familiar? Have you ever heard anyone complain of these or have you been a victim yourself? If No, then you are in luck because these situations are quite common but if Yes, then there is a way to resolve the issue. Through the use of a property survey.
Do you need to conduct a property survey in Bergen County NJ?
Omland & Osterkorn provides a large variety of Property Survey services for clients in Bergen County NJ.

What is a Property Survey?
A property survey refers to the graphic depiction of a property, much like a map, outlining its legal boundaries and other features. While property surveys typically are not required during real estate transactions, they're extremely useful tools that can clear up a whole lot of confusion immediately and even in the future.
To better understand what a property survey is, let us look at what a property surveyor does as this will help give context to the definition above. A property surveyor is one who will research properties before they look at the land. They will study the history of the deed and may include title search. Searching for this title ensures there is no difference when it comes to land owners. All property surveys begin with a study of legal descriptions of the land, the survey and its history. The surveyor will go outside the plot and outline the land, its boundaries and the various elements that make up your property. After the survey, they will provide a detailed map of the legal boundaries of the property. The survey will also include a written description of the property, street address, location of adjacent buildings and properties, and any improvements the landlord may make to the property or land.
A property survey also contains rights-of-way and easements. These are elements that detail what to do with shared yards or driveways, or if your neighbor has a right of way to the street or alleyway between your homes.
What is a Property Survey Used For?
There are various uses of a property survey however, below are some of the most important uses of a property survey:
·         To mark boundaries: the number one importance of property survey is to mark boundaries and create boundaries. This will help to different your property from your neighbors own. It will also help to ensure you are on the right piece of land and you are not encroaching into government land or other people’s own.
·         Zone Classification: this will help you know if your property is in a house or a light industry. This section of the study reports only about your zoning and classification. After completing the research, it is possible to obtain more advice on the use of the property in accordance with the zoning procedures and other legal advice on the equity of the survey.
·         Improvement: the survey will usually certify that the buildings and other improvements, alterations, and repairs to your property that exist at the time of the survey are not in violation of laws or other restrictions.
To schedule a property survey in Bergen County NJ,
speak to one of our surveyors at 973-647-7820.
Omland & Osterkorn – Your Trusted property surveyors in Bergen County NJ.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Elevation Certificate

Omland & Osterkorn is an experienced and accomplished engineering firm that can provide you with an Elevation Certificate in Bergen County NJ.

A Flood Elevation Certificate documents your building’s elevation. If you live in a high-risk flood zone, you will need an Elevation Certificate before you can obtain an accurate flood insurance policy quote. Your insurance agent needs this information to compare your building’s elevation to the Base Flood Elevation (BFE), which determines how high the water will rise during a base flood.
Elevation certificates also documents the elevation of your building for the floodplain managers enforcing local building ordinance, and for insurance rating purposes. The need for an elevation certificate is very important if you are living in a high-risk area that is prone to flood which can have disastrous after effects.
How to Get an Elevation Certificate:
If you are starting the process from scratch, check with your local government to raise the profile or certification in your home. If none of these are available, you will need to contract a state-certified surveyor, architect or designer to do the elevation certificate. The cost of the elevation certificate will vary depending on your location and the complexity of the job.
Please Note: An Elevation Certificate does not expire. However, newer Elevation Certificates require additional information that older ones do not offer. In order for an agent to offer you a quote on a high-risk flood policy, you may need to update your Elevation Certificate. Unfortunately, this may require that you again enlist the services of a surveyor or architect to provide that additional information.
When You Need a New Elevation Certificate: If you make substantial changes to your building in a high-risk area—for example, you make an addition to your home or convert the garage to living space—you likely need a new EC to reflect the new building characteristics and Lowest Floor Elevation.
When You Do Not Need a New Elevation Certificate: As long as the structure information on your elevation certificate is accurate, you do not need a new one. If you get an elevation certificate from the previous property owner or have a copy of the one on file with your community, your insurance agent can use the certificate to rate your policy. If your community adopted new FIRMs and your building has not changed, your insurance agent can rate your policy using the information on the old elevation certificate and the FIRM used to rate your policy. However, you might need to provide additional information, such as new photographs of your home or business.
Why you need an Elevation Certificate:
  • To determine the flood insurance policy rates.  Without an Elevation Certificate, your home may not be rated properly and you could be paying unnecessarily high rates. 
  • Rebuilding the structure after a disaster to the proper elevation to protect it in the future.
  • Remodeling a property or raising it to help mitigation future losses from flood disasters.

For more information about elevation certificates in Bergen County NJ, speak to one of our engineers at 973-647-7820.
Omland & Osterkorn – Your Trusted Elevation Certificate Surveyors in Bergen County NJ.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Land Surveyors

Are you looking for land surveys in Bergen County NJ?
Omland & Osterkorn provides our clients with a large variety of land surveys in Bergen County NJ.

Who is a Land Surveyor?

Working as a land surveyor is one of the most exciting things in the engineering and real estate fields. However, a lot of people also seem to be confused over what these people do. In this article, we will be providing a detailed explanation of how land surveyors help in real estate development and construction. Surveying

On the face of it, surveying it measurement. Whether it is on land, the sea, or the sky, surveying its mapping out a piece of real estate. So, you really can find surveyors pretty much everywhere; from the deep urban jungles to the heights of the polar regions. The job of a general surveyor is to find, ascertain, and record the lines that mark the boundaries of a piece of property or real estate. Some surveyors start out as explorers, going into new lands and understanding the distinctions between regions. Some begin to work for real estate developers, helping them to divide property into various sectors. In any area that gas been market for development settlement, surveyors will be required to ensure that boundaries are effectively and accurately drawn in order to avoid cases of people trespassing on other peoples' lands or stretching their into some protected areas. The Land Surveyors' Job Description

As we have established earlier, there are various types of surveyors. Land surveyors, however, help to perform measurements that relate to the development of a map of an area. A land surveyor might work in an office, in the field, or combine both, depending on the nature of the task that they will need to undertake. Land surveyors work with field equipment such as theodolites, GPS trackers, and terrestrial scanners. To ensure that their work is foolproof, they take pictures and make calculations. Also, their maps and measurements are done with the use of sophisticated development software. It is also important to note that land surveyors can work for more than just the real estate developers. 

They perform surveys on areas marked as potential mining spots, they help map out routes for building tunnels, and they provide assistant for major construction projects as well. Apart from just measuring land, surveyors could work as consultants for building engineers, architects, and developers. All of these and more are their duties, and in order to carry them out effectively, they will need to keep in touch with appropriate property laws and real estate regulations. Land surveyors also come in various forms:
  1. There are boundary land surveyors, who identify property lines and determine where a construction or real estate project should be situated to avoid disputes
  2. Construction or engineering surveyors find the exact location of buildings and roads, or the proper depth that a foundation will need to go to. These people discover changes in property lines and understand the potential restrictions of a property. They can also help survey road topographies.
  3. Forensic land surveyors account for accident scenes and survey them for their potential landscape effects
  4. Geodetic surveyors record satellite and aerial observations to measure areas on the surface of the Earth
  5. Marine surveyors use water bodies to find shorelines, the depth of water bodies themselves, water topography, and more.
For more information about land surveys in Bergen County NJ, speak to one of our surveyors at 973-647-7820.
Omland & Osterkorn – Your Trusted Source for Land Surveys in Bergen County NJ.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Property Surveyors in Bergen County NJ

Are you looking for property surveyors in Bergen County NJ? Omland & Osterkorn is an engineering and surveying firm staffed by expert title surveyors, boundary surveyors, topographic surveyors and property surveyors in Bergen County NJ.

 Whether you need a survey for your home or for your business, our property surveyors in Bergen County NJ have the skills and the tools to get the job done quickly, accurately and within budget. If you need help developing your property after our surveys, Omland & Osterkorn is also a skilled and experienced engineering firm capable of crafting detailed site plans, pool grading plans, and more. 


The work of surveyors is a foundational part of any engineering design or land sale. These surveys can be useful for determining what kinds of architectural or landscaping decisions are possible on a given piece of land as well as resolving legal disputes and defining the terms of a sale. A surveyor can also help clients prevent potential complications in the developmental review process and plan necessary adjustments to help with stormwater management.

To schedule an appointment with property surveyors in Bergen County NJ, call 973-647-7820.
Omland & Osterkorn – Your Trusted property surveyors in Bergen County NJ.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Title Surveyors in Bergen County, NJ

Are you looking for title surveyors in Bergen County NJ? Omland & Osterkorn are an accomplished engineering and surveying firm with experienced title surveyors in Bergen County NJ

A title survey is an integral part of determining the utility and value of a piece of land. A title survey is an in-depth evaluation of the considerable factors affecting boundary locations, ownership lines, rights of way, and easements both surrounding and within an area of real estate. The purpose of a title survey is to establish property lines and legal boundaries to define the perimeter of ownership. Title surveys are used to determine the rights and limitations of properties such as residential, commercial, and industrial lots, farms, parks, beaches, roads, waterways, and building sites. 


At Omland & Osterkorn, our professional surveyors have extensive expertise conducting title surveys in Bergen County, NJ. Our firm assists clients in understanding their legal limitations upon purchasing land or property in Bergen County, NJ. Our expert title surveyors utilize the latest technology to map out boundaries and easements to assist buyers, sellers, lenders, attorneys, companies, and title corporations make informed decisions with the most accurate information readily available. We help clients discover the legality of improvements made to the property by the owner, use of the land by third parties such as utility companies for which there are no recorded easements, encroachment by improvements made on adjacent properties, and where legal boundaries conflict with barriers such as walls and fences. If you are looking for an accurate and reliable title survey upon taking ownership of your new property, our title surveyors in Bergen County, NJ can provide you with a professional land title survey to ensure that your property can be utilized as you intended. 

For more information about title surveys in Bergen County NJ, call Omland & Osterkorn speak to one of our title surveyors in Bergen County NJ at 973-647-7820

Omland & Osterkorn – Your Trusted Title surveyors in Bergen County NJ

Property Survey

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