3 Steps To Getting Familiar With Surveyor Documentation

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Regardless of whether or not you're purchasing a home or selling a home, you need to make absolutely sure that you are able to read the land surveying documents correctly. Land surveying documents locate the boundaries of your land and make note of who is encroaching on these boundaries and for what purpose. Every time land changes hands, it needs to go through the surveying process in order to make sure that any changes to boundaries or to the property around your boundaries are accurately marked. 

Having your land surveyed is not enough, however. You also need to make sure that you are able to read the maps that the surveyor gives you in order to make proper use of this information.

1. Look for the Description

The first thing that you will need to do is find the description of the property. This will allow you to know what you're working with because the description of the property contains the exact boundaries of the property, as well as any areas that are being used by third parties that you are not able to access, such as a mining company that has purchased your mineral rights. Finally, the description will include any parts of the property that have been dedicated to creditors that also cannot be accessed.

2. Figure Out the Actual Measurements of the Boundaries

Next, you're going to want to figure out the actual measurements of the boundaries. To do this, pull out the basic map of the property that has the boundaries clearly marked. Then, look for the scale of the map, which will usually be located in one of the corners. Depending on the size of the map, the scale will be one inch equals one mile or one inch equals multiple miles. Once you know the scale, get out a ruler and measure the lines of the boundary. Multiply the number of inches by the number of miles that each inch is worth and you'll be able to figure out the perimeter's measurements.

3. Get Familiar With the Symbols

Finally, you are going to want to be familiar with the symbols. The surveyor will have given you a key to the topography symbols, but you will want to walk the property while looking at the map in order to get a better sense of the symbols and what they mean in a practical sense. For example, a railroad will be marked but you will have no idea the scope of the railroad lines until you actually look at them.

For more information, talk to a professional land surveyor company like Goldsmith

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