What is a boundary survey?
A boundary survey is the most basic type of survey. This type of survey is also known as a mortgage or title survey as it was traditionally what would be provided to a title company for a home loan closing to ensure that the property has no encroachment issues. This type of land survey establishes the perimeter of a property that matches up with the property’s legal description. The surveyor will visit the property to collect the necessary data. From this data, a scale drawing (plat) is drawn which illustrates property lines, bearings and distances along these lines, and total acreage. A boundary survey will also show any improvements that may exist, such as buildings, driveways, fences, pools etc. This type of survey will also show encroachments on a parcel of land if indeed any exist.
When do you need a boundary survey?
A boundary survey is needed for anyone buying property. Boundary surveys are conducted before buying, subdividing or improving/building on land. Getting a survey done before these actions can save a lot of time and money by avoiding future disputes, lawsuits, relocation of a building, etc.
How is a boundary survey done?
A boundary survey starts with a land surveyor researching and reviewing historical records for the property and the properties surrounding it. The surveyor then examines the land by measuring and locating all permanent structures, uncovering and locating historical reference markers/property corners and mapping the property lines. After both the research and field work are complete, the results are analyzed and calculated to formulate a conclusion about the boundaries. At this point a land survey gets drafted, sealed and stamped.
What factors affect the cost of a boundary survey?
The cost of a boundary survey depends on many factors and are priced on a case by case basis. Each property is unique. Some factors that may affect pricing include: time of year, property size, location, terrain, year developed. Town hall and courthouse research can also have an impact on the price. Each town and county have different regulations which sometimes make it harder to find/obtain needed information.
The Scalice Land Surveying team is able to complete boundary surveys in a shorter time frame and at a more competitive price because we utilize the latest in equipment/technology and are very diligent in our research practices. Our crews are experienced, professional and efficient.
Please contact us at 631-957-2400 for pricing and appointments.