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A Perfect Reason For Land Surveying

Perfect Reason for Land Surveying

Buying a home is one of the most important and exciting purchase you can make during your life. It can also be the most time consuming and stressful times in your life. There are many financial and emotional decisions you have to make, and is important to make sure you make the right one every time. That's why you don't want to cut corners by choosing not to do important things like get a land survey done

After you have found the house and agreed upon a price, the closing attorney will ask you if you want to hire a surveyor to survey the land. At this point you are probably tired and feel like your finances are exhausted, and you will be tempted to say no. It is very important not to give into temptation and to say yes. 

There are many reasons why it is important to have a survey done before you purchase the house, but this is one important example of what happened to a buyer who chose not to do a survey. This particular homeowner had fencing that went entirely around the property and was close to three other homes in the area. They kept up the fencing after buying the home, and in the meantime the owners of the three other homes built fences that connected to the fence that was already in place. 

When it came time to sell the home, the new homeowner insisted on having a land survey done. When the survey was done, all four of the homeowners had some surprising news. The other fences that the homeowners had built encroached on the sellers lands. Two of the fences were built so that they intruded ten feet onto the sellers land. This created a huge problem for both the seller and the other homeowners as the buyer did not want to buy the property as is, as they believed they were entitled to the extra land as did the three homeowners whose fences encroached on the land. Now it will cost much more for the seller to get the home sold because of court costs. 

While this is certainly an extreme example of what can happen when you choose not to get a land survey done it is still important to keep in mind. Whether you think the boundaries are clear or not, it is important to hire an expert to make sure so that you do not accidently build something on your neighbor's property or vice versa.

Adkan - Land Surveying History

adkan land surveying history

Land surveys date back as far the early Egyptians, making it one of the world's most ancient professions. Since then, it has become a fundamental part of every major civilization, as nations needed to understand the shape of the land as well as demarcations in order to know what property was theirs.

The History of Land Surveying Techniques

Over the years, the principles of land surveying have remained the same, using the basic fundamentals of geometry, trigonometry and calculus, however, land surveying equipment has evolved into more advanced technology, which produces more reliable and accurate results. In earlier years, land surveys applied the right principles, however, due to a lack of more precise equipment, they were also less reliable.

Land Survey Types

There are a variety of land surveys, each designed to address its own application. Land surveys are categorized in three basic ways:

  •     Informational surveys-which are used to create charts and maps.
  •     Engineering surveys-which ensure the structure is constructed in the correct location.
  •     Standard land surveys-which calculate land areas and fix property lines etc.

Other sub categories that may factor into the land survey include: property surveys, route surveys, hydrographic surveys and industrial surveys.

Land surveys can also be plane surveys or geodetic surveys. Plane surveys deem the earth as a flat plane and are generally used to examine small areas, whereas, geodetic surveys cover much larger areas and require the curvature of earth to be taken into consideration. They also rely on further land survey techniques such as astronomical direction fixing, trilateration and triangulation for more precise readings.

Land Survey Techniques

There are five survey techniques commonly used today which include: leveling, radiation, trilateration, triangulation and traverse.

  •     Leveling-uses a leveling instrument to measure the difference in elevation in a specific area.
  •     Radiation-is used in combination with a plane table to measure a fixed position above ground.
  •     Trilateration-utilizes electronic measuring equipment to calculate the sides and lengths of triangles used in the triangulation, so that angles can be computed, and is commonly used to measure rough terrain.
  •     Triangulation-uses a series of conjoined triangles that overlap each other to measure angles from determined locations.
  •     Traverse-is commonly used for building roads. This technique utilizes a series of lines whose lengths and distances have been computed and are joined together by points in specific locations.

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