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Why is Land Surveying so Vital?

Land surveying measures exactly where property lines are anywhere in the world. Property disputes in America are really common because the lots do not always have straight lines as borders, and people try to abuse those lines when they think no one is looking. Surveying has to be done before something can be zoned, and the work has to be done when a new development starts.

The surveying that is most common is in new developments. Developers are trying to figure out exactly how big their lot is, and they have to get the surveyor to show them where the lines are as compared to their neighbors. There are a lot of building codes that actually have to do with distance from these lines, and that is why the surveyor's report is very important.

The surveyor can also come in to help settle land disputes by showing exactly where property lines begin and end. The lines often begin and end in odd places, and the things that people thought they knew about the property lines are not true. The surveyor can show exactly where the lines are supposed to be, and the disputes are settled with a surveyor's report which is indisputable fact.

Surveyors are often seen on the road because they have to check to see how much space will be taken up by new projects or wider roads. They measure how much space will be used, and the lots that are altered will be changed according to that report. Someone who was paying property taxes on a lot that was one acre will pay less when it is deemed that a widened road takes up a fraction of that acre of land.

Surveyors work in the field every day from certain specified points which are not in dispute. They can work from those spots to figure out where every property line in the area is, and they can give a clear look at where the property stops. This is very important when new work is done. The people who are building do not want to encroach on other land owners, and the surveyors shows exactly how far the developer can go while building their project.

Land surveying has become vital to the municipal and commercial real estate industry. Surveying gives people a look at how big their lot is, and it can draw defined lines that help people stay on their property. The surveyors can solve problems as small as where a fence is supposed to go to problems that involve multi million dollar construction projects. Surveyors are often silent because they are not seen for very long, but their work lives on long after they are finished.

Land Surveying, the Importance of Surveys

Land Surveying Benefits

Having land properly and legally surveyed is an important part of owning property or selling it in the future. Without legal boundaries being marked, it is impossible to know where to place fencing and structures on your property in a manner that is legal within your county and state. Surveys will be the ultimate say so in land disputes with neighbor, which does happen quite often in rural areas where properties have not been properly surveyed.

For someone purchasing property, a survey is extremely important to know that an encroachment hasn't already occurred. A neighbor could have already placed a fence on the property that you are about to purchase. This needs to be solved immediately before purchase should be finalized. It can be very difficult to resolve these things the longer they go on.

If you are purchasing property that is large, with the intention of subdividing it into smaller lots that you can resell, surveys are legally necessary. A local surveyor will know the local laws regarding minimum lot size and rules for creating subdivisions for your county. This will save you from very costly mistakes later on and lead to potential legal problems down the road as well.

Surveyors can also pave the way with board meeting appearances and coming to your aid at special zoning meetings. Since they know more about the local laws, this can be a huge benefit. Once a legal survey is done, it is entered into record with the county and state in which the property exists. The corners of the property are clearly marked. Typically stakes are placed at each corner and gps coordinates are entered in county record.

The cost of a survey will also vary and you may ask for a quote. If you are willing to do some of the footwork by obtaining county maps and records, it is possible that you can reduce the potential costs incurred. Otherwise, the surveyor will have to pull these records in order to be able to do a survey from records of a marked corner of another property close to yours that has already been surveyed.

While a survey is an additional cost of purchasing any property that has not already had a legal survey done, it is vital. It is worth your time and money to make sure this is done before you purchase. The money spent could save much money and headache in the future.

Clear Boundaries Provide Protection And Peace Of Mind - Land Surveying from a Professional

There are many reasons you may need to get a Professional Land Survey. It is a crucial first step before you buy, sell or subdivide the land and to ensure that your improvements or new construction are positioned correctly. It’s possible you may need a survey if your lending institution requires a mortgage loan inspection or when purchasing Title Insurance. You may be required by local authorities, to get a survey before they issue any building or other permits and for drainage planning. If there is a dispute over the property line location or an encroachment, a Professional Land Surveyor can review your deed and other evidence, appear in Court as an expert witness and give their professional opinion concerning the boundaries of your land dispute.

When you work with a Professional Land Surveyor, you should sign and be given a copy, of an agreement with the details of your land survey, to avoid any future confusion or disagreements that may arise. Your agreement should state specifically what is included in your survey, the fee or hourly rate, any payment arrangements and an approximate time frame for completion. When you get the estimate for your land survey, the amount could be based on previous experience with similar surveys or by the hour with recording and other related fees being additional. There are many possible issues that can arise, specific to your survey, that may change the final cost of your estimate. These circumstances could be due to many things including, but not limited to seasonal related weather, problems accessing records, difficult terrain, denied access to the property, Land Court Standards or additional requirements by local approving authorities.

Upon completion, you should receive documentation based on the type of survey that was performed and certified by the surveyor. Your survey may be prepared according to Registry of Deeds Standards if it is to be recorded. Your survey should include a drawing that may include boundaries, easements and encroachments, property corners, improvements, monuments, dimensional relationships and if needed, existing conditions mapping to provide an architect or engineer.

Whether you need a Professional Land Survey due to necessity, regulatory requirements, want a cosmetic improvement, recreational addition, or just want one out of curiosity, the end result is the same. You will avoid expensive complications, establish clear boundaries, protect your investment in your family’s future and ensure your own peace of mind.

Land Surveying in Today's World

Land Surveying

Land surveying is an ancient profession. The Pharaohs of Egypt employed land surveyors to re-establish boundaries each year after the annual flooding of the Nile River. George Washington's first job as a teenager was as a land surveyor for the Colony of Virginia. Today, land surveyors at Adkan Engineers use instruments, techniques, and technologies beyond the wildest dreams of even 19th century surveyors.

Two hundred years ago, the word "survey" probably meant a simple "stake and flag" boundary survey, conducted with tape measures and sighting instruments. Over time, technological advances have transformed those instruments (Theodolites) and enabled entire new areas of land surveying.

Today's Theodolites not only measure lines of site, arcs, and distances with an exceptional degree of accuracy. In many cases, they are faster and easier to use than a tape or chain. They also incorporate GPS and can record the data into digital format so that it can be used in the office for Auto-Cad engineering applications and digital-mapping geospatial applications.

Adkan Engineers' surveyors are capable of carrying out all of today's state-of-the-art surveys. A topographic survey provides architects and engineers with a view of the raw land underlying their projects. A cadastral survey is essentially a title survey. It utilizes and builds on property records to establish, re-establish, and verify real-property boundaries. It finds and records existing easements and monuments. The results are usually recorded legally and used to create a map, or plat, for the client.

An A.L.T.A. survey (American Land Title Association) is the most rigorous type of cadastral survey. The surveyor must follow a detailed set of standards and procedures in its preparation. These surveys are designed to uncover all recorded and un-recorded easements, encroachments, structures, roads, and utility lines which could create a risk for the title insurer or lender. A.L.T.A. surveys are most needed in high-density urban areas and are often required there. They are also often required when a project involves a high price tag or public exposure. Adkan Engineers has much experience in these types of surveys, having done over 160 of them.

The work of land surveyors today goes far beyond simple border surveys. Empowered by the new technologies, GPS, and large databases of property records, today's surveyors routinely perform far more complex tasks. In doing this work, they are connecting with an increasing number of entities such as government agencies, real-estate databases, and geo-spatial data collections. The result is a far greater knowledge base for the world we live in.

The Importance of Getting A Land Survey Before Purchasing a House

Land Surveying Before Buying a Home

Why Are Land Surveys So Important For Home Buyers?

The importance of getting your home's property surveyed cannot be overstressed. With all the paperwork and red tape involved in purchasing a home today, you might not know what condition the property of your home is actually in. Previous documents might have inaccurate information and might not reflect changes that have occurred to the property in recent years. A land survey will determine the actual condition of your property and state it to you clearly. You will get a clear and concise idea of what condition the property is and know its actual boundaries.

Did you know that most banks used to require that a home buyer have the home's property surveyed before it would give out a home loan? This would protect both the home buyer and the bank from unforeseen expenses and verify the title and deeds of the property. Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases of your life. Don't take a chance that could end up costing you a fortune later on, by skimping on a land survey. Know what you are getting upfront by having your property surveyed.

How Can A Land Survey Protect My Home and Save Me Money From Future Unforeseen Expenses?

A land survey will determine the boundaries of your property and have them clearly marked for you. This way you can know where you can build a fence, add an extension, pool or driveway. Going over your boundary to a neighbor's property is not only illegal it can cost you money. The costs of demolishing a fence or extension can be costly and governments can levy fines. A land survey can also spot potential hazards such as flood prone areas, unmarked gas or cable lines and industrial waste that is on your property. Finding out where such items on your property are can be a lifesaver. It can prevent injury, illness and even death.

What are the Costs of a Land Survey?

The cost of a land survey varies depending on the size, terrain, and records of the property. Having a map done of your property in addition to fieldwork will add to the expense of the land survey. Obstructions in the property such as debris, bodies of water and uneven terrain will also add to the cost, since these items will have to be navigated around or cleared away before survey work can take place on the property.

What Kind of Surveyor Should I Hire?

You should always hire a licensed and preferably insured surveyor. This way you know that a competent surveyor is performing survey work on your property. Licensed surveyors should be familiar with the local building and zoning laws in your jurisdiction and can alert you of any problems with local or state laws in your property. This can save you time and money later on if legal issues or disputes arise.

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