There’s little that’s more exciting than the prospect of building a new structure on an untouched parcel of land. Adding your own touch to a bit of territory you can call your own is thrilling. Of course, there’s a lot that goes into erecting a new structure on your property. It’s much more complicated than merely standing up four walls and slapping a roof on top.
Before you can really do anything, in fact, you’re going to need a topographical survey. But what exactly goes into topographical surveys in Idaho? We have your answers below.
What is a topographical survey?
Think of a topographical survey as a kind of manual for your property. When a land surveyor comes onto your property to perform a survey, they walk the length and width of your land looking for several distinguishing factors:
- Natural elements: As they explore, a surveyor will keep an eye out for the types and number of trees, rivers, lakes and other natural landmarks. They will note the location of these items as well as specific details about them. For example, if you have a pond on your property, topographical surveys in Idaho will reveal its circumference and depth.
- Fauna: A professional will also search for signs of wildlife on your property and catalogue the various species they find. This aspect can be an integral part of staying on the right side of environmental regulations as you build.
- Dimensions and borders: Finally, a topographical survey of your property will provide you with clearly defined borders for your land. This will ensure that, as you build, you will be able to keep your structure on your property and yours alone.
Those are just the basic factors that go into a topographical survey. It’s an extensive procedure that requires talent and education to complete properly.
Surveying in Idaho
Becoming a certified professional land surveyor in Idaho isn’t an easy feat. State law requires that potential land surveyors complete a four-year degree in surveying (or a related field). Candidates must back up that academic education with four-plus years of on-the-job experience. Certification is only handed over once a candidate has completed a 16-hour examination administered by the Idaho Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.
Idaho is somewhat unique among the states, however. In addition to those rigorous qualifications, Idaho also demands that its land surveyors maintain a “good moral reputation.” After all, when the duties performed are integral to preserving the relationship between humankind and the environment, you only want to enlist the best.
Land surveyors you can rely on
Mason & Associates is proud to offer the most comprehensive topographical surveys in Idaho. Regardless of where you’re located or how large your parcel of land may be, one of our highly-skilled and experienced land surveyors can handle it.
We have more than 30 years of experience offering in-depth land surveying services as well as impeccable civil engineering services. Customers throughout Idaho are enthusiastic about Mason & Associates—isn’t it time you found out why? Visit us online or give us a call today.