How A Land Survey Finds Your Boundary Lines

As a homeowner, you'll probably need to have your land surveyed at one time or another. It's a good practice to have the lot surveyed on any property before you purchase it so you know exactly what you are buying. This is important even if it's surrounded by a fence because you want to know if the fence is on the line, on your property, or on the neighbor's property. Also, when you build a new fence, put in a pool, or construct an outbuilding on the edge of your property, you want to know where the property lines are so you don't go over them or build in an easement. Here is some information on the land surveying process:

It Starts With Research

The land surveyor researches the history of the property and looks at old maps and records to get an idea of where the property line is supposed to be. He or she may even look around your property for old monuments that mark the corners of your property. All of this information is necessary because the surveyor can't rely on a homeowner's memory or beliefs, especially if there is a dispute involved. The surveyor always works from official historical documents that have previously measured the lines.

The Lines Are Relocated

Once the surveyor knows where the lines should be, he or she uses surveying equipment to find the location of the lines on your property. The lines are marked temporarily and permanently in an agreed upon manner. The surveyor may place small flag markers along the length of the line that you can remove once a fence is installed. Permanent markers are often placed in corners. These could be small stone monuments or iron pipes that will last for years. That way, your decedents or future owners of the house will always know where the boundary lines are located.

Easements Are Noted

Another reason to have your property surveyed is to locate easements. If you plan to put up a building or fence, you don't want to build on an easement or you might have to tear it down some day. Easements often run along the front or back of your property and they are in place to allow utility line workers easy access to the poles and lines. You may have no idea where the easement line is located, and finding out could save you from a lot of expense if you plan to add a shed or fence to your yard.

Land surveying is worth the investment because it could save you from legal trouble and disputes with neighbors or the city if your fence is over your property line. It's best to be safe and have the survey done and your property lines permanently marked so you have proof the land is yours.

Contact a boundary surveying service for more information and assistance.