Before you purchase a piece of residential property, your lender or title company may require a boundary survey to be performed on the land. With our many years of proven experience, Point to Point Land Surveyors, Inc. has the expertise to conduct these boundary surveys thoroughly and accurately to ensure you are protected in any home or land purchase.
What Does A Boundary Survey Entail?
Boundary land surveys are among the most common types of surveys in use by the general public, in which the precise measurements of the boundaries of a piece of land are located or verified. This is actually a bit more complex than simply measuring out the physical boundaries of the land; a skilled land surveyor will also conduct extensive research to ensure the stated boundaries are correct.
The first step of a boundary survey is to review any existing records concerning the property, which may include title certificates, deeds and other papers. The surveyor researches prior boundary surveys, easements and other records that may influence his findings. Most of today’s homes are built on property that was sold after dividing up a larger piece of property; this can make the survey’s job more challenging, especially if this division was not surveyed or recorded properly.
Once the surveyor understands the historic boundaries of the property, he/she will take physical measurements on your land to determine whether the in-use boundaries confirm or conflict with the boundaries previously recorded. The surveyor may also set markers or stakes, if necessary, to simplify future surveys. Usually, a land surveyor will measure each location multiple times, averaging these results to determine the true position of the point.
After the measurements are complete and have been marked on your land, the surveyor may walk the property with you, pointing out the landmarks measuring each point and advising you on any differences between the current boundary survey and prior records, including any areas of conflict or encroachments with the neighboring properties.
When Is A Residential Boundary Survey Recommended?
For your protection, whenever you’re considering a purchase of residential property, it’s always a good idea to hire a land surveyor to perform a residential boundary survey, whether or not the lender or title company requires it. You may also want to perform a survey on property you own if any of the following are true:
- If no prior survey records exist on the property (this is rare, but can be the case for properties that are held multi-generationally)
- If existing survey records are old or out of date
- If you suspect a neighbor is encroaching on your land
- If a neighbor accuses you of encroaching on his/her property
- If there are any doubts as to easement rights (for example, if you’re unsure whether a utility company has the right to run pipes or wires across your land)
- Anytime you need peace of mind as to your actual property boundaries
Whether you need a boundary survey for a property you’re purchasing or one you already own, Point to Point Land Surveyors, Inc. sets the industry standard in customer service and excellence. With nearly a century of combined experience, our team stresses accuracy, customer service and quality work delivered on time, guaranteed. For more information or to obtain a quote, contact us here or call us at 866.706.9114.