A Homeowner’s Guide to Boundary Surveys
Protecting your investment with the services of a licensed Land Surveyor




WHEN PURCHASING A HOME

A home is usually the biggest investment of your life, and only a Professional Land Surveyor can determine the boundaries of the property and make sure you are getting all the land you believe you will own. By having your property surveyed before you buy, you will know where all the property lines are, what you are buying, and whether any natural or man-made features near the property lines are on that property.




WHEN REQUIRED TO HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE

The elevation of the nearest floodplain in relation to your property can be
determined by the Land Surveyor. Having your property analyzed by a Land Surveyor can be the difference in a homeowner paying for expensive
flood insurance or completing a FEMA Elevation Certificate to confirm your property is in the clear.




WHEN MAKING IMPROVEMENTS TO YOUR PROPERTY – (FENCE, LANDSCAPING)

By having a survey done first, you can plan your project and make sure it is within the boundaries of your land. Fences that encroach onto a neighbor’s property have the ability to turn great neighbors into bad neighbors.

WHEN ADDING ADDITIONS

When a homeowner builds an addition or new building, the Land Surveyor can locate all the features of the property that help
determine the building setback and the size of addition or new structure allowed.




Should You Hire a Land Surveyor?

When in need of a professional service, you should know exactly what you are getting. A Professional Land Surveyor will take the time to understand your survey needs. Surveyors who are members of their local, state, and national professional organizations are showing that they are concerned with changes in laws and technology. They are given the most opportunity for continuing education and changes affecting the land surveying profession. Always consider using a member of your local or state professional land surveying organization.

cartographer doing land survey for construction

This information is supplied by the National Society of Professional
Surveyors (NSPS) and distributed by:
Carolina Surveying Services, Inc.