3 Reasons You’ll Need a Boundary Survey

Boundary surveys physically measure and locate a boundary line using permanent monuments, such as iron pipes or iron pins. To determine boundary lines, a boundary survey retraces or creates the physical boundary lines on the ground. It might surprise you to learn that you’ll likely need boundary survey at some point. Here are a few reasons why you might.

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To sell a portion of your property


If you’re dividing property to transfer ownership, boundary surveys may be required by local county or municipal jurisdictions before you can sell. In instances where a boundary survey may not be required, they can be used to provide peace of mind to the prospective buyer by confirming property lines. We can prepare a survey plat and a legal description of the area which can be used in the deed to finalize that transaction.


For example: It’s important to determine acreage to get an accurate dollar amount for buying/selling, as well as for tax purposes. At $10,000 an acre, knowing if you have 79, 80, or 81 acres makes a big difference.

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To start major home improvements

Before building permits are issued, some cities and villages require a boundary survey. Boundary surveys are also frequently required by lending institutions. If you have any doubts about whether or not you need a survey, reach out to your local zoning or planning commission, or contact us to get a better idea if one is needed.


For example: If you’re building a privacy fence, or adding an addition to your house or business, you need to locate easements, building setbacks, and other local zoning regulations.

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To know where your property is

Whether you’re curious where your property lies or experience boundary disputes with neighbors, boundary surveys can address those questions. If you feel property monuments have been moved or disturbed, you can also get a survey to verify this. 


For example: That fence dispute that’s been troubling you? Settle it with a boundary survey.


Ready for the next step? Check out our blog on the process for completing a boundary survey.

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