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Get Your First Land Survey

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If you've never gotten a land survey on your property, you need to understand how to order one and do so as soon as possible. Land surveys can help you understand the extent of your property and find any mistakes. Even more importantly, it is crucial when buying a piece of property to ensure you get the proper amount of land.

Thankfully, getting a survey is an easy process. It might seem unnecessary, but it can protect you from the kind of legal trouble that can cost you thousands of dollars in legal fees and personal reimbursement. 

When To Get A Survey 

Typically, you're going to need to get a survey when you're buying a new piece of property, when you're constructing on property you already own, if your property has access easements (including access corridors), when selling your property, when verifying acreage for taxes, and if your neighbor starts building something near your land.

Failure to perform a survey in these situations could create a tricky legal situation. For example, if you accidentally build part of a barn on your neighbor's property, there's a good chance you'll have to either pay them for the right to use that property or tear down the barn, even if only a small portion is on the property. 

Do Your Research First

Before hiring a surveying firm, call around to various ones in your local area. Get your deed ready and show it to the firms in your area. They will look at your deed, listen to your concerns, and give you an estimate. Compare these estimates before making a decision. It's not always wise to automatically go with the lowest bid, however.

Why? The survey crew might not be as good as one that is bidding higher. Research the reputation of each group carefully by talking to other home owners who have used their services. If you hear about shady business practices or poor abilities, don't go with that company, even if they are hundreds of dollars cheaper. It's not worth the risk. 

Getting The Survey Done

For any land survey needs, work with us here at Adkan Engineers. We prepare land surveys and send you a signed certificate indicating completion of the survey, as well as a detailed report of what we found. Use this information for whatever purpose you need.

Common Questions About Land Surveys

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What is a Land Survey?

A land survey must be performed every time a piece of real estate is transferred from one owner to another. This document does more than simply establish the boundaries of a property but also provides the physical state of the land and the rights that accompany it.

What is Involved in a Land Survey?

A land survey establishes the location and description of a parcel of land, including its physical state. Depending on the extent of the survey, a map that describes the topography and notes building locations and other objects and improvements on the parcel may be included. A land survey can also include any easements on the property and may note possible encroachments where other properties infringe upon the boundaries of your land. An old survey will not reflect any new information.

What is a Boundary and How is It Created?

A boundary marks the borders between two adjoining parcels. It can either be natural or artificial. Natural boundaries involve features occurring in nature such as rivers or mountains, while an artificial boundary is one created by a public land entity.

Most boundaries are defined by a written legal document. Property rights can be defined by warranties or quit claim deeds or by physical occupation of the land. Professional surveyors determine how these factors affect your parcel's boundaries.

Why are Land Surveys Needed?

A land survey is always needed whenever a parcel changes ownership because even though the boundaries may not change, land usage may have. The survey will also indicate relationship between possession and usage and deeded property lines. Additionally many lending institutions require a land survey before issuing loans to finance a purchase. A land survey may also be required before dividing a parcel for sale or if any improvements will be made to the property. Architects and engineers may also request a land survey before preparing any plans for future construction.

The Role of a Professional Surveyor

A professional surveyor performs a number of functions. These include:

  • Reviewing your deed and rendering a professional opinion on boundaries
  • Recording and maintaining an accurate record of all measurements
  • Identifying and advising on any possible conflicts in ownership
  • Preparing a plat of the property with boundary measurements
  • Providing copies of the plats and filing the with the county records office

Get your next survey done with Adkan Engineers. We are a leading source for any land surveys you may need, so contact us today!

Benefit from Getting a Land Survey

Land Surveyor on a plot of land

With the explosion of urbanization, it’s important for any landowner to make sure that they have a land survey. Knowing what you own is big knowledge for any homeowner, as you can figure out if you are truly getting what you paid for. Obtaining a land survey is amongst the most important financial decisions any homeowner can make these days, and here’s why.

Why Get a Land Survey

Getting a land survey is the first and easiest step to claim the land that you own. With a land survey, you can verify possible encroachments on your property. This may include a new tree that your neighbor planted, a fence being rebuilt after a storm, and more.

A big concern is knowing what the boundaries of your property are. Not all boundaries are drawn out with 4 corners, so being aware of where your property ends and where your neighbors start is a big plus to developing on land you don’t own and having to remove and rebuild it in the future.

Land surveys are great for protecting your investment. When you get a land survey, it will reveal the exact dimensions of your property, including size and location. If you are a landowner planning on building a home, be careful where you add new features. Drawing out a driveway or fence and having it cross your boundary lines can result in major disputes when the land around you is developed.

Homes aren’t the only reason to get a land survey. Huge acreage such as farmland need land surveys too. Some of these owners decide to divide their land and sell each portion to family or friends to make money. Land surveys can easily draw out new boundaries for each section to prevent anyone from taking more than what they were given.

The Cost of a Land Survey

Getting a land survey is rather straight-forward. Our experts here at Adkan Engineers can tell you just how easy it is. The price of a land survey varies by the type of survey you require, the type of terrain your property is, and what available documents you have already about your land.

The best part about a land survey’s cost is that it will save you money in the end. Should you not get a land survey, and run into a territorial dispute, you could be spending thousands through the court system, to buying out the land you built on, and even destroying whatever was built across your boundaries. Doesn’t seem fun, but that is the cost of not getting a land survey.

Learn What You Own Through Land Surveys

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There are many reasons to obtain a land survey of your property. Knowing where your property lines are for your home can be a very difficult process, but can be important in the future. It is crucial to know where you property lines are so your land development can stay in your plot of land. Should you not take the time to do this, you could be facing legal disputes with neighbors or other businesses in the area. You want to avoid any legal disputes that may arise, as they are not fun to deal with regarding land. Here are a few resources that you can use to determine your property lines.

If you simply want to figure out where your boundary lines are on your property, you can obtain a land survey. With a land survey, you will receive the most accurate results of your property, including any boundary or topographic changes. Land surveys are unlike the deed to your house. While a deed may include detailed information about your property when it was first lined out, it isn't the same as getting a land survey.

Getting a land survey can avoid any pitfalls when it comes to land disputes. Should you run into any land problems with a neighbor or another business, the first stop you should be taking is at an assessor's office. Most assessor's office have on hand detailed land surveys of each and every property within the area, many of them up to date on your boundary lines. You can use these land surveys to take measurements of your own land and approximate how much you actually own. These figures may not exactly be accurate, but sometimes this is all you need.

Should you not find an updated land survey of your property at the assessor's office, and require a new land survey, don't be afraid to contact us here at Adkan Engineers for a new one. Getting a land survey is critical to the development of your land, whether commercial or residential as it can prevent any problems with your boundary lines conflicting with others. Having all the paperwork necessary to prove to anyone that you own what you own makes getting a land surveying all the more important. For more information about land surveying or to schedule a land survey today, give us a call!

Learn to Avoid a Citation with a Land Survey

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When you are looking for a property, there are a lot of factors you need to filter through. From arranging your mortgage details to looking for a land surveyor, everything plays an important role. A land surveyor will help you draw the boundaries and even estimate the value of the property. However, a reckless or untrained land surveyor could mean a lot of problems. He can be the source of endless sanctions from the local authorities. To make it worse, he can make your property a nuisance to the locals, which may be a cause for its removal. Hence, you need to choose someone who got what it takes to use the latest technology and equipment for land surveying.

We all know how zoning rules in a given locality affect the outcome of a property investment. If you disregard the importance of zoning rules, the likely scenario is that you will get fines for violating them. A land surveyor must do a comprehensive inspection of the prospective area to give you profound insight on the most suitable locations for development. Also, he has an intuitive understanding of land features and underground installations, which can save you from endless disputes with locals and the authorities. He can help you avoid wires, cables and pipes in the area. Don’t risk being sanctioned for ignoring a land surveyor in your development. In addition, never get embroiled in endless boundary issues just because you overlooked the significance of a land surveyor.

There are a lot of people out there who claim to be professional land surveyors. While there are many legitimate ones, you need to exercise caution and do some thorough background check just to be sure. A professional land surveyor should be able to do effective land tile surveys, forensic studies of the area, residential and commercial property survey and builders survey. Also, make sure the one you settle for knows how to do construction stacking. 

Lastly, a professional land surveyor knows the right techniques used to determine suitable locations for your property. He is capable of pinpointing the exact position of your land using advanced techniques and cutting-edge technology. After the work is complete, the surveyor should be willing to articulately relay the details of the survey results to you. He should also be in a position to answer any rising questions and relieve any possible anxiety that may come up in the process. A good surveyor does not stop at the initial stages. He builds a strong and long-lasting working relationship with you. If you are looking for a land surveyor with the qualities discussed above, feel free to give us a call any time.