What Will a Land Surveyor do for Me?
Question: Will a Land Surveyor tell me what I own?
Answer: No. It is you responsibility to furnish the Surveyor with a
legal description, current title report, or policy concerning the parcel
that you want surveyed. He/she will then locate the property on the ground,
marking the corners with physical monuments, and provide you with a record
of survey map showing the results of the survey. He/she will also disclose
the areas that are in conflict so that the title company and/or attorney can
resolve any problems.
Question: Will I be shown if there are any encroachments on the
Answer: Yes, if you instruct the Land Surveyor to show encroachments
in the area of concern to you.
Question: Will I be shown if there are any easements on my
Answer: Yes, if you instruct the Surveyor to do so, and provide a
current title report or title policy to use for this purpose. He/she will
supply a map, plat, or exhibit showing this information.
Question: How will I be shown what has been surveyed?
Answer: Corners of the property will be marked with stakes, pipes, or
other such monuments with the Professional Land Surveyor's license number
indicated thereon. The corners on the parcel will be pointed out to you, if
requested. A record of survey or corner record will be filed when these
monuments are set, indicating dimensions of property lines, monuments, and
other relative data as required by the Land Surveyors Act, the client, or
Question: Should I explain why I want a survey made?
Answer: Yes. If the Surveyor knows why you want a survey, he/she can
recommend the type of survey you need, and how much detail should be shown
on the map, plat, or exhibit.
Question: Why are there conflicting boundary and easement lines?
Answer: It is often true that boundary/easement line disputes, gaps,
and overlaps are a result of legal descriptions which were originally
written and recorded without the benefit of the services of a competent Land
Surveyor. It is important to have the lines properly described and surveyed,
if necessary, when property or easement lines are created or changed. Any
newly created or adjusted boundary line requires processing through the
local government agency as required by the
Subdivision Map Act and local