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Common Questions About Land Surveys

Land Surveyor taking a Survey in a Suburban Area

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.