Residents of Idaho and the entire United States tend to underestimate how important the land surveying profession really is. But land surveying is crucial to responsible land development. The land surveyor works with a variety of professionals, including engineers, architects and builders, to create exact descriptions of surface features of the Earth.
Surveying is part of practically every new construction project. This precision is crucial to ensuring that development jobs are completed correctly and on time. It also can help you determine where exactly your property begins and your neighbor’s ends. Land surveying in Idaho is critical for performing a wide range of important tasks, such as boundary surveys, topographic mapping and construction staking.
Unfortunately, regardless of how important it is, many people believe that this valuable task is not really needed. To help you understand the importance of land surveying in Idaho, here is the truth about some common misconceptions related to the field. Hopefully this information will help you safeguard your property rights and prevent any future legal problems:
- You can do the work yourself: Just because you have survey stakes does not mean you are qualified to complete the work yourself. A licensed land surveyor is the only professional who can legally tell you where your property boundary is located.
- A professional survey is too expensive: Having your property surveyed is an investment. By hiring a professional, you will be saving yourself thousands of dollars in potential legal fees, as a land survey will help you avoid any future disputes with neighbors, as well as the resulting legal issues.
- All land has already been surveyed: Your town may have mapped the area for tax purposes, but that does not mean your land has been properly surveyed. In order for your survey to be considered accurate, it must identify the monuments at the boundary corners to define your property.
- Neighbors never encroach on property lines: When it comes to property lines, disputes between neighbors are sadly very common. The best way to avoid any potential issues over whose backyard ends where is to consider investing in land surveying in Idaho before any problems even arise.
- The fence is my property line: A fence is not always an adequate indicator of the actual boundaries of your property. In past years, fences were built using any nearby trees as reference to save both time and money. As a result, these fences were not always great indicators of the actual property lines. You may have more (or less) land than you think, and the best way to find out is with a professional land survey
In any situation involving a land dispute or a need for a survey, be sure to trust a highly qualified surveyor from Mason & Stanfield, Inc. Idaho’s premier civil engineering and surveying firm can take care of everything from topographic and boundary surveys to land development. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, get in touch with our team today!