Do you know where your property lines end? You probably have a general idea—around where your neighbor’s fence begins, say—but are you sure about it?
If not, then there is at least one reason why you might, at some point, be in need of a land survey in Texas. But before you get to that point, it is important to understand the basics of what land surveys are, how they work and how to find a trustworthy, accurate land surveyor. Read on for answers to some of the most commonly asked land survey questions.
What is a land survey?
A land survey is, essentially, a detailed description of a piece of property, including where the exact property lines are and whether any easements exist. Topographical surveys also exist—which detail the actual characteristics of the land—but for our purposes, we will focus on boundary surveys.
Many people rely on information about boundaries passed on to them by previous owners, but this info is not always correct. Only a survey completed by a licensed surveyor can tell you the whole story.
When is a survey needed?
A boundary survey is generally needed due to one out of four reasons. For starters, whenever the title is transferred—that is, whenever a piece of property is bought and sold—it is a good idea to have a survey conducted. This ensures that both buyer and seller can enter into a fair agreement.
Next, surveys can be needed when land is subdivided, so that it can be done accurately. Similarly, surveys are also needed whenever new development occurs on a piece of property to establish that local building codes are being followed.
Finally, a survey is the best way to impartially solve a boundary dispute between neighbors.
How does it work?
Licensed surveyors use a wide range of resources to ensure that they can do the best possible job creating a fair, accurate boundary survey. They will consult historical records and court documents, interview prior owners and adjoining land owners and use advanced technology and software to determine where exactly a piece of property begins and ends. When all is said and done, they will take everything into account to assemble their findings.
How much does it cost?
A land survey can range in price, depending on factors like the size of the property lot and the season, among others. Have a discussion about price with your land surveyor up front, so you know what to expect. If you and your neighbor are having a boundary dispute, you may want to split the bill.
How do I find a trustworthy land surveyor?
A land surveyor must be properly licensed for their findings to be legitimate. Looking for someone with a fair amount of experience will ensure a smooth process and accurate results.
If you are in need of a land survey in Texas, we hope you will consider hiring the experienced team at D.G. Smyth & Company. We use the best technology and most proven research methods to ensure a quick, fair and accurate survey.