Recertifications and New Surveys

Typically, a surveyor will certify that a survey is correct. That certification is made to and may be relied upon by parties named in the certification. Typically, at that time those parties are considered the present owners of the property, the buyers of the property, the lender and the title company issuing the title policy on the transaction.

The certification does not extend to subsequent owners of the property. Therefore, the surveyor has defense against a claim raised by a subsequent buyer of the property who discovers an error on the old survey. A buyer who gets a new survey or has an old survey updated with a certification to that buyer may have a claim against the surveyor. The cost of a new survey will generally be about the same as the cost of updating and recertifying a survey.

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