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The Role of Land Surveys as a Measure of Quality

Land Surveyor Using a Theodolite at a Construction Site

Surveying is the process of determining the exact coordinates of the various points of a map. During surveys, data such as distance, angles and inclination are collected. From the collected data, qualified surveyors are then able to determine where various boundaries lie, and the distance between various points in the map. Land surveys play a significant role in all aspects of constructions. This is so because even basic factors such as the angle of land, and the composition of soil and soil structure may determine the value of the land and the stability of the premise to be put up on a given piece of land. Carrying out surveys has many benefits.

1. To obtain up-to-date plans of the given property


Carrying out surveys is emphasized even in cases where there are available records of previous surveys. this is because there are many aspects of property that may change over a period of time. Such aspects may include a change in the market value of property, a decline in the state of the property, an improvement of the property and even change in laws affecting the property in question. Carrying out a survey therefore provides up-to-date data that may be relied upon to make decisions.

2. To determine the legal boundary of a piece of land.


There have been numerous cases where one party has been duped into buying a piece of land only to later learn that the boundaries of the plot they bought were not as they had previously been told. This results in both financial losses and unending court battles. To avoid such occurrences, it is important to carry out surveys in order to define the exact boundaries of the plot in question. 

3. To Guarantee Value for money


Surveys are often requested by the buyer of a parcel of land with the aim of confirming that the amount of money they are going to pay is a reflection of the value of lad they are acquiring. After the survey has been completed, the final price of a parcel of land can then be agreed upon.

4. Adhering to the laws governing purchase of land


Even in cases where the survey records are current, the law requires that survey be carried out yet again to ensure that the information records about the piece of land are accurate. This ensures smooth transfer of ownership between the involved parties.