- Before you purchase it. This will disclose the relationship between the lines of possession and the deeded property lines.
- A lending institution may require either a Land Survey Plat or an Improvement Location Certificate of your property when you borrow money on it.
- Whenever you believe there may be a conflict of use on your property. Prior to dividing a parcel of land for sale.
- The county or city where the property is located may require a Land Survey prior to the construction of any structure or improvements (such as fences) on the property.
- When you intend to sell any tract of land.
- When your attorney, architect, real estate broker or municipal planning or engineering office advise or requires it.
- Review your deed along with other evidence and render a professional opinion as to the locations and any conflicts of the boundaries of your land.
- Set monuments at your property corners and mark them so they can be easily found and identified. Keep an accurate record of all services performed and measurements obtained.
- Identify and advise you of any apparent defect in your land description or evidence of conflict of ownership and/or use.
- Prepare a plat or map of your property indicating boundary measurements, the monuments found and placed, and the calculated area.
- Provide the client with copies of these maps bearing the Professional Land Surveyor's signature and seal. Copies of these maps will also be filed in the County Records where the land is located. This will ensure that the plat or map is available for public inspection.
- Create a property description for all new parcels or any existing parcels that may have a defect.
- Appear in court as an expert witness concerning real property ownership, location or use.
- Assist you in the planning and layout of the Lots, Blocks, Streets, Easements, etc. in a new subdivision.
Did You Know?
Did you know that George Washington was a land surveyor? At the age of 17, future president George Washington was appointed as the Surveyor General in Virginia in 1749. In that year, the English colony of Virginia planned to promote expansion by offering land speculators a thousand acres for every family they could convince to move west. He became the first Registered County Surveyor in America. – source
Benjamin Banneker, a self-taught African American mathematician, astronomer, and surveyor, was appointed in 1789 by President George Washington to survey the area which would become Washington D.C. The project to survey the national capital was completed between 1791 and 1793. Like many land surveyors of this time, he also enjoyed several other professional pursuits at the same time, including clockmaking and publishing an almanac. – source