Q: Can I find my own property lines?
A: Legally, you must be licensed to establish a property line. In all States, the requirement of licensure to practice Surveying protects the public. If you determine your own property lines, for your own use, you take the risk of being wrong in your determination. If you then built something from your determinations, or findings, and were in error, your opinion would not even be admissable in court.
Q: Isn’t my land survey on file someplace?
A: No, not necessarily. Across the U.S., laws, ordinances, customs and requirements differ on whether you have to file a “Survey”. Often, “Subdivision Plats” which are prepared by Surveyors, are filed of record in the local Government Courthouse. Many people view these as a “Survey”, because they can see their lot on it. If you can find record documentation to substantiate what you “own” compared to what is referred to on the “subdivision plat”, it may help you determine what the “approximate” dimensions of a lot are. Keep in mind that these distances as shown are only approximate. The true distance of a lot line is that which is measured between the positions of original, undisturbed lot corners of the subdivision plat. The Land Surveyor is the one who determines these “positions”, and determine whether they may be original, undisturbed positions.
Q: Isn’t my property already surveyed?
A: No, not necessarily. Across the U.S., laws, ordinances, customs and requirements differ on whether you can build without a Survey, or sell land without a Survey. For the land that is “Surveyed”, one often asks how to find that “Surveyed” land boundary on the ground, not just on a piece of paper. This aids in building fences, landscaping, entry roads and driveways, etc. etc.
Q: Why would I need a Land Surveyor?
A: To find out the boundaries, or features of your land. To build, to develop, to satisfy local code or building requirements. To find out whether you have encroachments on your land or not. To find out where the land is that you own. Hopefully, you are not like many that are needing a Land Survey because they “have to”. This would be the case if they are disputing something with a neighbor, because one or both of them had gone on with building, developing, landscaping, fencing or using the land without knowing where the common boundary line is.