Building a new house in Palo Alto

Building a new house in Palo Alto

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Need a land survey? Wade Hammond is your man.

A big fat yellow sheet of awesomeness.
After wasting $400 for a big fat yellow sheet of nothing, you can imagine I wasn't too excited to work with a land surveyor again.  However, I'm happy to report that I've found a winner.  I hereby present the Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence award to...drumroll, please...
Wade Hammond
Licensed Land Surveyor
Tel: (510) 579-6112
Wade was referred to me by our architect.  In less than a week start to finish, he provided a written quote, answered my questions, scheduled the job, finished the work and emailed the electronic files.  Here's what I like about Wade:
  • Uses email (hallelujah!) and responds F-A-S-T  
  • Emailed a written quote outlining all services
  • Honest: didn't charge me more than he quoted
  • Offered a competitive price ($2400) with the fastest schedule 
  • Efficient: completed the survey in one afternoon, emailed the electronic files that night
  • Follow up requests by our architect were responded to quickly
  • Clear communicator who doesn't ramble like Cliff Clavin
Here are the services Wade offers in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, & Alameda County:
  • Site plan surveys
  • Topographic surveys
  • Construction staking
  • Building location survers & certifications
  • Easements
  • Lot line adjustments
  • Boundary (property line) surveys
  • A.L.T.A. surveys
  • FEMA elevation certificated/MT-EZ Form
  • Legal descriptions
  • Story pole staking & certification
Here is our spiffy topographical survey.  It cost $2400 and was required by the city of Palo Alto as part of the site planning process.  It allows our architect to show how the new house will fit on the property along side the neighbors, within the setbacks, and away from protected trees and utilities.  It's a little hard to see at this size but here's what's included: buildings (simple footprint), elevations, trees/drip lines and neighbors trees/drip lines overhanging the property, curb, gutters,  fences, utilities, edge of  neighbors buildings, city of Palo Alto Benchmark, easements of record per tract map...and last but not least, a lot area calculation.  Here's a link for those of you dying to learn more about land surveying.

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