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The importance of a LAND SURVEY

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WHY DO I NEED A LAND SURVEY?

• To protect the investment you are about to make when buying

land. Be sure before you make the purchase the deed describes the

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land you are buying.

• If you are buying or selling a piece of property, most lending

institutions will require a current survey for the purpose of

revealing potential problems with boundary lines, easements, and

encroachments.

• If you are getting ready to build a fence or other improvement near

a property line.

• If a property line or property corner is unknown or in dispute,

or if you believe someone is encroaching on your land.

• If you plan on dividing your land up to sell or a will orders land

divided up.

WHAT IS A LAND SURVEY?

A land survey is performed by a registered land surveyor or employees under his direct supervision for the purpose of describing, verifying, mapping, and monumenting the boundaries and improvements on a parcel of land. It may also include the design and layout of new lots and streets. The determination of the physical features of the parcel of land, and the location of buildings and other improvements on the land. A land survey will locate on the ground what your deed describes on paper.

HOW MUCH WILL A LAND SURVEY COST?

An estimate of cost can normally be furnished to you by the land surveyor. Land surveying cost is dependent upon several factors such as the type of survey required, the type of terrain, and the availability of existing records and monuments. It will also depend on whether or not you require a map of what survey work is done. Sometimes you may only need to have the corner monuments verified or reset, or line stakes placed along the property line to verify the line. Be sure when you shop for survey work you know whether or not you need it mapped. Costs vary greatly between the two, mapped or not. A good survey that meets your needs and legal requirements may cost more but will be less expensive in the long run. The competency and experience of several land surveyors should be judged before one is selected to perform the survey work. Some things the landowner can do to lower the cost of his or her survey: furnish the surveyor with copies of the current title policy or deed, and clear the brush on the property lines. Paying someone $10 per hour to clear the lines or doing it yourself is cheaper than paying the professional survey crew to do the same.

WHAT WILL THE SURVEYOR DO FOR ME?

The land surveyor will study your deeds and show you what, in his professional opinion, the records indicate the boundaries of your land to be. They will survey your property and set monuments at the property corners and visually mark them so they can be easily found. A record of their work will be noted in a field book for future reference and they will prepare a map of your property, if so ordered, and issue several copies to you. They will also file a copy with the county surveyor's office as required.

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