Now that you have chosen a land surveyor, you need to either start or continue having a discussion about your needs and the needs of the land surveyor. Take the time to discuss what you need and especially what you intend to do with the land survey. This can help the surveyor to provide you what you need the first time, reducing costs by preventing repeat trips to the field and extensive updating of the land survey. A boundary survey for a mortgage on a piece of vacant farmland is very different from a boundary survey in a suburban property with the intent of putting up an apartment complex. Here are some pointers for clients.
- Take some time to talk with all of your neighbors. Let them know that a land surveyor will be coming and why. It is a good opportunity to build a good relationship with your neighbors.
- Many boundary surveys require title work to be provided by the client. If you surveyor requests it, please provide it. This helps to ensure that easements property transfers of record are shown.
- Ask for a contract. The best contracts are short and understandable and spell out the expectations for both the land surveyor and the client. This helps to prevent any misunderstandings about what services are to be provided and at what price.
- Please pay your bill on time. Land surveying generally has a small profit margin and we are not banks.
- Once your land survey is completed, Merebrook LLC recommends that all boundary surveys are recorded at the county recorder’s office. The cost is minimal and it helps to protect your property rights by putting the public on notice as to where your boundary lines are. recording the boundary may also help to sell the property, when the time comes, as savvy buyers like to see that the land has been surveyed and that they have some assurances as to what they are getting. Some states require that all boundary surveys be recorded.