Why is Land Surveying Important?

You just finished building a home, only to have the entire yard flood in the first rain. You just installed acres of fence, to find it crosses 3ft onto someone else’s land. You finally installed that new pool, and the new neighbors informed you that it’s partly on their property. While these sound extreme, they can happen and cause legal and constructional issues.  There is one easy way to prevent them from happening – have your land surveyed.

It is not uncommon for property descriptions to be wrong. This is the main reason you should have your land surveyed before you even make a final purchase. You can go years without knowing exactly where the property line is, only to have a new family move in next door and tell you to move your fence. Land surveying pays for itself by preventing trouble that could rack up some major legal expenses.

How important is land surveying?

A land survey will provide you with both boundary measurements and details about the property. This could include the presence of buildings, sidewalks, fences, trees, stumps, and driveways. It can provide details about what was once in that plot. For instance, a parking lot or a graveyard. Surveys can also provide information on encroachments of buildings or other properties that are not included in the legal description of the land.

How does land surveying work?

The process start by meeting with a surveyor to determine what type of survey you’ll need. There are many different surveys, some more in depth than others. It is important to make sure you are only paying for what you need.

Second, the surveyor will locate information on the property from local courthouses. Depending on the job, government agencies can be contacted.

Third, after the research is complete the team will begin the fieldwork. They measure existing section corners, monuments and evidence of boundary lines. These boundary lines can be fences, field divisions or yard divisions. They also make sure to locate all improvements on the property like buildings, ponds, and driveways.

Fourth, all field notes are used along with deeds to calculate the report. A diagram of the survey, report, certificates, and legal descriptions of the land will be provided.

Fifth, if any missed corners were found, or newly established, the surveyor will make an additional trip back to the land to mark them.

In the sixth and final step, the documents are signed by you, the client, in front of a notary. The drawings are taken to the courthouse to be signed. If necessary, the survey can then be taken to the attorney or title company to update the deed.

When should I get a land survey?

It is best to get a survey before:

  • Purchasing land
  • Installing any additions to your land (ex: fences, pools, decks)
  • Building a new home, dam, tunnel, road, or driveway
  • Splitting land into smaller sections
  • Removing structures

It is also beneficial to survey your land to make sure the right amount of land is being assessed for taxes.

It is crucial to get a land survey before buying new property or beginning any construction, no matter how large or small the project may be. Since the beginning of Anderson Engineering in 1958, we’ve been surveying for all sorts of projects and understand its importance. If you have questions about surveying for your next project, contact Anderson’ Engineering to discuss your ideas and projects. We have 50+ years of experience in making sure your project gets off to a great start.