My architect told me that I need to get a survey. What kind of survey do I need?

Topographical map of Chester,NJ in Morris County

Topographical map of Chester,NJ in Morris County

My architect told me that I need to get a survey. What kind of survey do I need?
Most likely your architect needs a topographic map in order to design a new residence or to design a remodel of an existing residence. The topographic map will show any existing features on the property, as well as showing the contour lines which delineate lines of a constant elevation. If you are remodeling an existing home, it will be critical for the architect to know the setbacks from the existing home to the property lines. If you are extending your new construction right up to the setback lines, we would advise that a boundary survey be done as well. Using this survey, your contractor now has the property lines clearly staked in the field prior to beginning construction.