What you Need to Know About Land and Engineering Surveys
Post by : Amy Sindenon 13.12.2022
What is a Land Survey?
A land survey is a basic picture or diagram of a property and all its boundaries. Depending on the type of survey that you are asking for you could get a detailed look at your boundary lines and structural improvements, or you could get a topographic survey that shows elevations and contour lines. The finalized survey will also have observations written by the surveyor along with a legal description of the property.
There are different types of land surveys that you can have done, and they show different types of things. If you need someone to do the surveying of your land, you need to make sure that you have researched them well. You want to make sure that you are using a reputable business.
To find a reputable business you can check online reviews, your state’s attorney general’s office, or the Better Business Bureau to make sure that the business has great reviews from all. If you skip this step, you may get a survey from someone that does not know what they are doing. You would get bad information if the survey company does not know what they are doing.
Different Types of Land Surveys
As was mentioned above, there are several different types of land surveys. Each type of survey will tell you different types of information about your land. You will want to see which kind of survey will give you the information that you are seeking.
The most basic type of survey is the boundary survey which gives you the boundaries of the plot of land. It is usually done to make sure that the legal description matches the boundary lines that have been established. This type of survey will also include any improvements made on the land such as sheds or garages.
Land Title Survey
Another type of survey is the land title survey which will give you some information about your property. There is an association called ALTA, or American Land Title Association, that does a particular type of boundary survey. These types of surveys are explicitly done for title companies, lenders, or title insurance companies.
These types of surveys show not just the boundaries, but also show underground utility locations, ancillary building locations, easement identifications, boundary lines, and building and underground structure square footage. Any time that your land changes owners or that you make significant changes to your land, you will need a land title survey. This helps to ensure that the next owner knows what they are actually getting.