When you own your own home, it’s important to know where your boundaries lie. Crossing those boundaries may make your neighbors upset and even your city government upset unless you have certain arrangements.
However, there is a way to cross into others’ property and for others to cross into your property. A land surveyor in Idaho deals with all of that, including right of way of surveying and easement.
Here is some general information about land surveying for those who know little beyond where their boundaries lie:
What is right of way of surveying?
When you determine right of way, you’re determining if a commercial or municipal entity has the right of way to use part of a privately owned property.
That commercial or municipal entity is in most cases the state, county or city government. They usually own parts of privately owned property in order to transport goods or people.
For example, a road is a transportation method. The city government may decide that the road that your house lies on is too narrow for the heavy flow of traffic. Therefore, they are going to expand the road into two lanes. They will need a land surveyor in Idaho to determine if they have the right of way to a certain part of your property so they can expand the road.
Most land surveyors say that in these types of situations, the government does have access to certain areas of private property as long as the current landowners have reasonable access to their property.
What is easement?
The difference between right of way and easement is important. Easement is when a owner is restricted to a certain area of property in order for another party to use that area.
That sounds similar to right of way, but the main difference is that the owner still owns that piece of land that is being used by another party. In right of way cases, that is not so.
A land surveyor in Idaho will define where you can set your utility lines and pipelines and will give you access to your property when defining easements.
Why is right of way important?
A land surveyor in Idaho will gather data and draw your boundary lines. Easements and right of ways will be added to your boundaries. It’s a good idea to know where you’re boundary lines are, as well as where easements and right of ways are.
Once the land surveyor sets the right of ways, it is your responsibility to know where those areas are. The right of ways will tell you where you cannot add on to your property and where you can add utilities like water pipelines, sewer pipelines, electric lines and gas lines.
This will save you a lot of money and stress when a city government does decide to expand the road your house lies on.
To hire a land surveyor in Idaho or to learn more about easements and right of ways, visit Mason & Stanfield, Inc.