Benchmark Land Services, Inc. is a full service surveying company. We complete boundary surveys and will take those through the construction process all the way to the Final survey to close our a permit. Realtors and Title Companies, make sure you're hiring a full service survey company for your clients, especially if they're planning any kind of improvements; pool, shed, room addition, etc. Many survey companies will not do any more than the boundary survey for a real estate closing. Hiring these companies for your clients is a dis-service as they are then hiring Benchmark Land Services to take care of their construction needs, however, we have to re-do the boundary survey in order to begin the construction surveying, costing your clients more money in the end.
It has recently been brought to my attention that other surveyors in town charge additional fees for courtesy requests... As a courtesy to our clients/customers, Benchmark Land Services will provide CAD files at no extra charge. We supply ample copies of surveys and elevation certificates with every completed job, but will provide additional copies upon request. Benchmark Land Services has copies of all surveys completed and will update any survey previously completed for a reduced fee. Typically, a lender will consider a survey less than 90 days old to be acceptable for a closing. If certification changes are required for a survey less than 90 days old, we will revise for a nominal fee. Make sure the surveyor you're hiring for your real estate closing won't "nickle and dime" you when needing their services after the initial closing. Benchmark Land Services will work with you without charging you outrageous fees to update, revise or provide extra copies.
Many Collier County residents have learned that they must obtain flood insurance for their homes. For the past several years FEMA has been assessing the flood risks in Collier County, determining that much of the county is now in a flood hazard zone. Golden Gate Estates specifically will undergo complete flood zone changes. Currently, Golden Gate Estate properties fall under either Flood Zone X which is not a HAZARD zone, or Flood Zone D which is, by definition a zone where flood hazards are undetermined. Neither of those 2 flood zones require flood insurance. Under the new flood maps; FEMA Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map – DFIRM, Golden Gate Estates will be designated as Flood Zone AH, which will require flood insurance. This change will affect roughly 50,000 residents. Of the affected properties, it is expected that a large portion will qualify for a Letter of Map Amendment, which essentially changes the flood zone designation that affects insurance rates. Elevations of the structure and property need to be taken in order to apply and qualify for a Letter of Map Amendment -LOMA. The new DFIRM maps are now available at Collier County Government website; colliergov.net. In order to be pro-active with regards to either preparing to have to pay for flood insurance or to apply for a Letter of Map Amendment, homeowners should order a Flood Elevation Certificate of their property from a licensed surveyor as soon as the new zones become available. The results of the Elevation Certificate will determine if the property qualifies for a Letter of Map Amendment. Homeowners can fill out their own application to send to FEMA or have the licensed surveyor complete the application process on their behalf.
Benchmark Land Services, Inc. is an experienced, qualified, LOCAL land surveying company, capable of handling our resident's flood elevation needs. We can work with the insurance company, providing them with copies of your elevation certificates, or prepare an application to FEMA for a Letter of Map Amendment - LOMA, making the process easier for you during these trying times.
For any questions regarding the Flood Zone changes about to affect much of Collier County, please contact Benchmark Land Services, Inc., either by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 239-591-0778. We at Benchmark Land Services, Inc. will do what we can to simplify the process.
To learn more about the process of applying for a Letter of Map Amendment - LOMA, visit; www.fema.org.