| Questions and Answers
As a professional land surveying firm, we are often asked questions
regarding our services. Below, we have compiled a list common questions
and answers that people sometimes have.
What is a land survey?
A land survey is the process of determining land boundaries, and is made in
order to establish new boundary lines or to locate the boundary lines of an
existing parcel of land according to a legal description.
When do I need a land survey?
A land survey is useful whenever land is bought or sold, to establish the
boundaries of the land, and to protect your investment. Generally, land
surveys are needed:
1. Before land is divided by deed, by a will, by a court, or subdivided for
2. Before land is developed by construction of buildings, roads, fences, etc.
3. Before an unsurveyed tract or building site is conveyed from a larger
4. Before timber is to be cut near an unknown boundary line.
5. Before a boundary dispute arises.
6. When land acreage is not clearly defined by a legal description or plat.
7. When a boundary line or property corner location is unknown or in
8. When a money lending institution or title insurance company requires a
9. When you believe someone is encroaching on your land. You can lose
title to your land by allowing someone else to use or occupy it for long
periods of time.
What will a surveyor do for me?
1. Study your property description and show you what, in his professional
opinion, the records and facts indicate the boundaries of your land to be.
2 Survey your property and adjacent properties, if necessary to complete
3. Advise you if there are any defects in your land description, or evidence
4. Set monuments at your property corners and mark them so that they
can be easily found. A record of his work will also be filed in his office for
5. Prepare a new legal description of the surveyed land to be used in a
deed, when required.
6. Help you to plan and lay out a subdivision into lots and streets.
7. Prepare a plat or map of survey of your property, indicating the
measurements he has made, the monuments placed, and any other data
requested. The plat or map will contain a certificate of survey bearing the
8. Supply you with as many copies of the certified plat or map as you may
What does the surveyor need from me?
1. The reason for the survey.
2. A copy of the deed or legal description which is to be surveyed.
3. Any plats (maps) you have that could contain useful information, and any
information you may have about the location of section corners, property
corners, and property lines.
4. If necessary, a meeting with you at the property.
5. In some cases, the names of the adjoining landowners, a recent title
opinion, and the abstract for the property may be helpful in performing the
How much will my survey cost?
There are several factors that will determine the cost of your survey. Some
of these factors are:
1. The type of survey you are requesting.
2. The size and shape of your property.
3. The amount of research required.
4. The number of unknown or missing section corners or lot corners in the
vicinity of your land.
5. The existence of fences, buildings, and other structures.
6. The manner in which your legal description is written.
7. The terrain and the amount of vegetation on the land.
8. Accessibility to the land.
9. Disputes over any boundary lines.
10. Whether there have been other surveys done in the vicinity.
Because of these variables, it is often too difficult to determine an exact fee;
however, based on general experience, the surveyor can usually furnish an
approximate estimate of cost. Remember, the services of a land surveyor
will cost less in time and money than the worry and cost of moving a
building or going to court.