Boundary Survey

Boundary Surveys are typically performed prior to buying, subdividing, improving or building on land.  An important procedure for anyone buying a property of any type, a boundary survey of the parcel should ensure avoidance of future disputes, the expense and frustration of defending a lawsuit, moving a building, or resolving a boundary problem. The professionals at Bedrock have years of experience in conducting boundary surveys to their clients’ needs.

A boundary survey is a process carried out to determine property lines and define the true property corners of a parcel of land described in a deed. Conducted by a Professional Land Surveyor, boundary surveys also indicate the extent of any easements or encroachments and may show any limitations imposed on the property by state or local regulations. Easements may include a utility line easement crossing the subject property to a neighboring property or appurtenant like the right to cross another property for access to a public road. Encroachments, on the other hand, occur when an individual other than the owner uses a piece of the land without the authority to do so. Boundary surveys take all of these property features into account to produce an accurate report.

Boundary surveys involve record and field research, measurements, and computations to establish boundary lines in conformance with the Professional Land Surveyors Act. After a boundary survey is complete, the land surveyor typically creates a drawing. The drawing can include:
  • Lot dimensions. The dimensions of a lot come from deeds, subdivision plats, and survey drawings. By indicating boundary lines and corners, they show the exact lines of the property.
  • Improvements. Clients may choose to have a boundary survey include any improvements made on the land. Improvements could include houses, sheds, garages, pools, and other permanent changes to the property.
  • Easements. The land surveyor can include easements on the drawing if they have a copy of the title commitment and supporting documents.
  • Fences. Fences are usually used as a way to let people know where your property is, however they are rarely built directly on the property lines. Fences may be included in the boundary survey drawing, but they should not be assumed to be the outlines of the property.