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Improvement Location Certification (ILC)

Apex Land Surveying and Mapping LLC offer ILC services to customers who need assurances regarding property deed lines. As an experienced land surveying firm in Colorado Springs, Apex Land Surveying and Mapping LLC provide efficient and on-time improvement location certificates to various clients throughout the region.

An Improvement Location Certificate (ILC) involves inspecting property boundaries for a client that has an “improvement” present on their property. It is critical to establish the boundaries before you can obtain a mortgage. You must ensure that the improvement does not infringe on neighboring properties.


In many cases, a mortgage company or title company will require documentation that assures the improvements do not interfere with deed lines. A new Improvement Location

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Certificate (ILC) is one form of documentation that may satisfy this requirement.

It is important to note that an ILC is not an official boundary survey. It is a less expensive alternative that does not require the same intensive surveying process. Because of this, there is a margin of error. There is typical tolerance included in the certificate to demonstrate that measurements are not precise.


In essence, an ILC is less thorough than a proper survey. It does not utilize the same methods required for a traditional survey. While these certificates are often used to estimate property lines for property improvements, they are not recommended for fences or other building projects that require a precise survey of deed lines. If a homeowner wants to build new structures on a property, we recommend that they seek an official boundary survey that provides exact property deed dimensions.


At Apex Land Surveying and Mapping LLC, our experience providing ILCs and surveys places us in a unique position to give you some of the best services in the region.

Mortgage Companies

Mortgage companies typically require ILCs to help verify the value of the home that is secured against their loan. This is a component of the underwriting process. If improvements interfere with the property line, the value of the property may be impacted significantly.


​As a risk reduction strategy, an ILC can provide property line estimates that help confirm there are not any drastic property deed errors that may end up costing the mortgage company.


​Keep in mind - some mortgage companies will not accept this form of certificate. Different mortgage companies have different requirements for their internal assurances.

Title Companies

Title insurers protect mortgage companies and property purchasers throughout the purchasing process. Title insurance companies insure against potential issues or defects during the transfer of ownership of the property. To reduce their risk against potential problems, a title company may require a new ILC or survey.


​If improvements to a property are shown to interfere with property boundaries, a title insurer may be liable for damages. ILCs help these firms estimate deed lines and avoid issues during the ownership transfer process.

​Keep in mind that not all title companies will accept this for title insurance. As this is not an official mortgage survey or boundary survey, you will need to ensure that your insurance company accepts this form of the certificate before you proceed.

Improvement Location Certificate (ILC) Overview

  • An ILC is not considered an official boundary survey - It is a certificate

  • The process is less intensive and more affordable than a traditional survey

  • This certificate helps title and mortgage companies avoid supporting improvements that interfere with property lines

  • In many instances, you will not need more than an ILC to exhibit that your improvement does not interfere with property lines

  • Not all mortgage companies and title companies will accept this form of certificate

  • This form of certification should not be used to provide boundary evidence for a new fence or structure

  • Our team has experience supplying ILCs that satisfy mortgage companies and title companies

Get in Touch with Apex Land Surveying and Mapping LLC Today!

If you would like to discuss ILCs in more detail, feel free to contact our team at Apex Land Surveying and Mapping LLC to discuss your questions. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, we are experts at helping clients obtain the certifications they need. We have worked with a variety of mortgage and title companies in the Colorado Springs area and we can assist you in getting the required documentation.

Our database of ILCs helps us provide accurate certificates at affordable prices as well. We are able to work within tight deadlines, so get in touch today if you would like a free estimate!

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