G. Brian Slate, PLS
Do I need a Surveyor?

Many people wish to know where there boundary lines are, or know more about the land they purchase before they even finalize a purchase of the property. In some States, it is required.

The list below may give you some more ideas about why and when you would benefit from a Land Survey:
When buying or selling land and you do not clearly know where the property line is on the ground.
When you are required to pay Flood Insurance.
When land is not clearly defined by a plat, legal description, or older Land Survey.
When you cannot be certain of the location of your property corners.
When building, Surveying is used to determine drainage, setbacks, and proper planning.
Before land is divided and when a lending institution requires a survey for a mortgage.
Before building a fence, building, shed, or anything close to an unknown property line.
Before timber is to be cut near a property line.
When purchasing title insurance.
When the Corp of Engineers require a 90 degree projection for a dock permit.
Whenever a boundary line or corner is unknown or in disagreement.
To settle a boundary dispute of some type.
When you think you might have an encroachment on your land.
When clearing or doing construction in "wetland" areas.
Before developing property.

Many times, an Attorney, Bank or title insurance agent will require that a Land Surveyor clear up an ambiguous land description, or verify the location of structures on the property so that the lending institution can agree to finalize a loan.

What information should I supply the Land Surveyor?

The more information you can furnish the Land Surveyor prior to the fieldwork the more efficient the work will be, reducing your costs. Often more time is spent "verifying the correctness" of property corners, or “points of beginning” than is spent in setting property corners.

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  • Explain the exact purpose of the survey, defining your needs. The Land Surveyor may often suggest ideas you have not thought of.
  • Ask questions if you do not understand what is being presented or discussed
  • Supply “proof of ownership” from a reliable source. This may include but is not limited to: The legal description of the property, (Lot , Block and Subdivision name, or deed recording information), a copy of a title opinion, title search or title insurance.
  • Make available any additional old surveys, plats, plot plans or building plans.
  • Make known all disputes over corners or boundaries.

What could a Land Surveyor do for me?

Consult and advise you on what type of Land Survey you may need. Examine your deed and adjoining deeds for problems. Find or replace, then mark property corners. Create subdivision topographic and contour maps. Advise and cooperate with your Attorney, Title Insurer, Realtor, Banker, or Architect. Locate encroachments and improvements. Appear in court as an expert witness on your behalf in a lawsuit. Prepare drawings to be used in proposed construction for building permit applications, and a multitude of other projects.

What do I get from the Land Surveyor?

The Land Surveyor locates the property as described and interpreted in your “proof of ownership”, and compares your “proof of ownership” to field evidence of ownership. You furnish the Surveyor with your legal description, current title opinion, or title policy concerning the parcel that you want surveyed. The Surveyor then locates the property on the ground, marking the corners with physical monuments, and (if needed), provides you with a record of the Land Survey showing the results. The Surveyor will also disclose the areas that are in conflict so that the title company and/or attorney can resolve any problems.

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