Elevation Certificates

We have been providing elevation certificates to the Western New York Area for the past 15 years. We have worked on these surveys for home owners in the city of Buffalo and the surrounding suburbs as well as more rural areas in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Wyoming Counties. This document is usually needed by a home owner when obtaining a mortgage for property located in or near a FEMA determined flood hazard zone. Elevation Certificates are also used to support a LOMA (Letter of Map Amendment) request made to FEMA which can remove your home from a flood hazard zone. This is done by comparing the elevation directly adjacent to your home with the BFE (Base Flood Elevation) of the flood zone the home is located in. Keep in mind that even a home determined to be higher than the BFE can flood as a result of a severe storm. Removal from a FEMA determined flood hazard zone only provides the opportunity for lower insurance premiums or the option to drop flood insurance requirements altogether. Each property owner should evaluate their situation and determine what suits them best.

Every elevation survey has its own challenges with regard to property type, access, BFE availability and convenience of nearby bench marks. All of these things will impact the cost of providing this type of product for a home owner. The cost for this work will start at $450.00 and can increase depending on the aforementioned factors. Our familiarity with FEMA's regulations allows us to only provide the work necessary to achieve the homeowner's goals and thereby save them money. Please contact us with the address of the property to be surveyed and we will provide you a firm quote prior to starting your project.

Below is a link to FEMA's webpage for determining your BFE based on your address. It is pretty easy to use and also offers some other handy tools.