4 Myths About Land Surveying

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What myths about land surveying do you believe? Land surveying is the technique, profession, and science of accurately determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional position of points and the distances and angles between them. These points on the surface of the Earth are used to establish land maps and boundaries for ownerships, locations or other governmentally required or civil law purposes. This field is very complex and can be difficult to understand, and therefore there are several myths about land surveying that exist. Let’s break down a few of those myths to help ensure that you better understand what land surveying is, and why you might need to consider using this service.

Myth 1: Land Surveying is too expensive.

Having your land surveyed before you purchase a plot of land or before you begin to build can actually save you thousands of dollars in the long run. During the design and construction there are many mistakes that could be made without having the correct survey of your land that will cost money to redo and get right. Starting from the beginning with professionals will save you from that havoc further down the road.

Myth 2: An existing fence means that my property line.

In most cases, where fences have been placed are where somebody once believed the property line existed, but they might not have known for certain. The older the fence is, the more likely it has been placed incorrectly from the actual property line. As with many things, over the years technology and the tools used in land surveying have advanced tremendously. It’s always important not to assume you, or the former resident, knows where the property line is, but instead have a professional come to solve the mystery for you.

Myth 3: I don’t need a new survey if it was surveyed in the past.

It is important to not rely on an old land survey. If it were done long ago it could have been done incorrectly or not reflect or account for contemporary changes that might have been made. Over time things change, so it’s important to have an updated survey of your land to ensure that you know the exact boundaries.

Myth 4: My neighbor would not encroach on my property.

Neighbors are often unaware if they are encroaching on your property, but more times than not it is an issue the land surveyors find to be happening. Or, in other cases, you might be accidentally encroaching on theirs completely unbeknownst. There are several issues that can come along with this, so it’s always important to have a professional make the final call to avoid more problems that could develop in the future.

Common Denominator

The common denominator to all of these myths about land surveying is that it is important to not assume and to hire a professional to get you clear and concise answers to make your buying or building process go smoothly, with no problems to handle in the future.

Does your land need surveying or are you interested in learning more about how EDG can help you? Contact us today and we would be happy to help.