Question) How do I compute how much acreage in an area of land?
Answer) Take the length and multiply with the width and this will result in the square footage. Then take the square footage and divide by 43,560. This will give you the acreage.
Question) How do I know what I own?
Answer) Title to land is often received by a deed, will, judgement, etc. In southern Indiana, these records are kept at the county courthouse. These are public records and available to anyone. Simply visit your local courthouse with your basic information and you should find the deed which defines title.
Question) Are there any resources to view my property on an aerial photograph?
Answer) Yes! With modern times, couties in our region have a geographic information system (g.i.s.) which is a free and easy resource for public use. Here in Gibson County, the link is http://beacon.schneidercorp.com/?site=GibsonCountyIN . You can use a search engine for your county to find your local map.
Question) How much will a survey cost?
Answer) Unfortunately there is no standard pricing for our survey work. Each project is affected differently based on terrain, availability of markers, types of conflicts, etc. This influences the pricing on each individual project. Contact us for your specific project and we will be happy to discuss the cost at hand.
Question) Can I divide my property any way I want to?
Answer) Many of the counties in our region now have subdivision ordinances. This places regulations on any new parcels. If your division is not in compliance, you may not be issued any permits for improvements on your property. Our company is famaliar with county regulations on dividing property. Contact us to discuss your project.
Question) What is a Flood Zone and is my parcel within one?
Answer) A flood zone is an area shown as a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) published by The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a particular community. These areas are shaded on the FIRM. Property which lies in a SFHA has a 1 percent chance of being flooded in any given year. It is important to remember that this does not mean that the property will only flood once every 100 years. It means that the area has a 1 in 100 chance of being flooded in any year. According to FEMA, over the 30-year life of a typical mortgage, there is at least a 26 percent chance that property in a SFHA will be flooded.