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The Different Types of Land Surveys

While land surveying may sound like a self-explanatory profession, there are actually many different types of surveys that can be performed. The type of survey depends on several factors including the type of property that is being surveyed, the topography of the land, and what type of information the property owner is looking for. In addition to the various types of surveys, there are also several different types of technology that can be used in order to reveal various details about the area.

The most common type of land survey is a boundary survey. This survey is generally meant for private property owners and people who are interested in purchasing a piece of land. As the name implies, a boundary survey involves identifying the borders that make up the shape of the entire property.

On a related note, a land title survey is typically done when someone wants to purchase a piece of commercial land. When the buyer seeks a loan for the property, the title company will typically want detailed information about the type of property they are purchasing. During this type of survey, a surveyor will work to identify whether or not there are any sort of easements or encroachments on the land.

Unlike boundary and land title surveys, topographic surveys are generally done before the construction of a new building. These surveys will not only identify the boundaries of the property, but they will also analyze the topographic makeup of the area. This is done usually a variety of tools and techniques, including aerial photography.

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  1. Zequek Estrada June 1, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    My husband saw this property that he thought would be good to have our house built on. However, my friend mentioned to us that it might be good to have the land surveyed before we think about purchasing it. It’s good to know that we’ll probably need a boundary survey.

  2. Jay Ren September 30, 2017 at 5:43 am

    I actually hadn’t heard of a boundary survey before, but it sounds like a really good idea for home buyers. My brother is having some difficulty putting up a fence on his property because he and his neighbors don’t know where the property line is. I’ll have to suggest a boundary survey to him so he can get his fence built.

  3. Jaque Christo October 3, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    I didn’t realize there were different types of land surveys. This information would be extremely helpful when hiring a company if you were looking to buy your own property and learn its boundaries. I will have to look further into what exactly a surveying company can do for me and pricing as well. Thank you for the helpful article!

  4. D Levan October 14, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Get a boundry survey agter u buy we got one given to us from buyer 23 yrs later 5 neighbors later got neighbor contesting property line we have been in legal process 11 months neighbor is harassing and fenced off our land it has been a nightmarecurrently suing neighbor and title co due to found mapping issue neighbors driveway on our property

  5. Deb Pearl October 17, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    My husband and I have been looking into buying a new home and someone said that we should get our land surveyed first. I didn’t know that you could get your land surveyed before. That is great that when you do a land title survey that they will identify if there are any sort of easements or encroachments on the land. That would really help to see if the house is a good buy or not. Thank you for the information! That was really interesting!

    • Daren Morgan October 17, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you for your comment. In our area, you can request that the seller provide and updated survey and abstract of title for the property as part of the purchase offer. You can also make the purchase offer contingent on any adverse issues that might be discovered by the survey.

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