Disputes about land boundaries and property lines can sour even the most pleasant of neighborly relationships. Therefore, if you are involved in any type of conflict about land ownership and boundaries, or simply wish to prevent such issues from arising in the future, it can be very helpful to work with a professional land surveyor in Idaho.
Here is some information about the benefits of working with a land surveyor and why it might be necessary in your situation.
Why property disputes often arise
Many homeowners will give little, if any, thought to the true, “official” location of their property lines until some sort of problem occurs, or a bank or finance company requests a land survey. Most people simply assume their property line is where an existing fence or tree line is located. Other people might have come to sort of unspoken agreements with neighbors about lot lines, or might simply be going off what they were told by the previous property owner.
Property disputes most frequently happen between neighboring landowners when there’s a change in ownership of the property. The new homeowner might choose to install a new driveway, fence or landscaping feature that could at least come close to encroaching upon other lots. These conflicts can also occur if a homeowner applies for a building permit to renovate their home or add an addition.
How surveying helps
A professional land surveyor provides you with a completely independent, informed decision as to which parts of the property are yours and your neighbors. The surveyor will conduct physical lot line assessments and mark off the boundaries of each property with corner markers built to last, in accordance with all guidelines set at the local, state and federal levels.
Hiring such a surveyor is the only legally binding (and legally acceptable) means of establishing absolute boundary lines for properties. If conflicts over boundaries escalate to the point where you need to involve the courts, the judge overseeing the case will mandate a land survey anyway, so it makes more sense to avoid the court process altogether and get the land survey done on your own.
With how big of an investment your home and its land is for you and your family, it’s important for you to know exactly where your property boundaries lie. Professional surveying companies are the best tool you have to do this quickly, reliably and completely independently. Then, once you’ve had your survey performed on your property, you can provide copies of the survey reports to your neighbors to make sure everyone is on the same page, preventing any further disputes from occurring in the future.
This is just a brief bit of information about why surveys are so important and beneficial for home and property owners. For more information about what you can expect out of the survey process or why you can benefit from a survey, contact Mason & Associates to speak with a skilled land surveyor in Idaho today. We look forward to assisting you!