Q & A: What will a Land Surveyor do for me?

-Will a Land Surveyor tell me what I own?

No. Its is your responsibility to furnish the Surveyor with a legal description, current title report, or policy concerning the parcel that you want surveyed. The Surveyor will then locate the property on the ground and provide you with a record showing the results of the survey.

-Will I be shown if there are any encroachments on the property?

Yes, if you instruct the Land Surveyor to show encroachments in the area of concern to you.

-Will I be shown if there are any easements on my property?

Yes, if you instruct the Land Surveyor to do so, and provide a current title report or title policy to use for this purpose. The Surveyor will supply a map, plat or exhibit showing this information.

-How will I be shown what has been surveyed?

Corners of the property will be marked with stakes, pipes or other such monuments with the Professional land Surveyor's license number indicated thereon. The corners on the parcel will be pointed out to you, if requested. A Record of Survey Map or Corner record will be filed when these monuments are set, indicating dimensions of property lines, monuments and other relative data as required by the land Surveyors Act, the client or others.

-Why are there conflicting boundary and easement lines?

It is often true that boundary disputes and overlaps are a result of legal descriptions which were originally written and recorded without the benefit of the services of a Professional Land Surveyor. It is important to have these lines properly described and surveyed, if necessary, when property or easement lines are created or changed.

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The Professional Land Surveyor renders a highly technical and complex service. The Surveyor is a member of a professional team - attorney, title company, architect, engineer and others - and prepares the foundation upon which your project is built.

In cases of controversy, a Professional land Surveyor appears in court in your behalf as an expert witness. No one else can assume responsibility for the correctness and accuracy of the work performed by a Professional land Surveyor.

This article reprinted with the express permission of the California Land Surveyor's Association.