If you own property (and especially if that property includes a lot of land), then it’s likely that at some point you will need to have some land surveying done. There are a few different types of land surveys, and all can be essential for different reasons, depending on the circumstances, the type of land and the type of project you might have in mind.
One of these types of land surveys is a boundary survey. There are several reasons why a boundary survey may be necessary for your land. Here are some answers to the burning question: “Why get a boundary survey in Idaho?”
What is a boundary survey?
A boundary survey is done to determine the boundary lines of a property. Sometimes there can be discrepancies with neighboring property owners as to exactly where one property ends and another begins, and sometimes there are no physical markers to use as guides. A boundary survey will record the exact locations of the property corners to produce a detailed map.
This involves a land surveyor researching public records and taking measurements in the field at the property site. The surveyor then uses calculations to determine the exact size and boundaries of the plot of land and records it on a map for official use.
Why get a boundary survey in Idaho?
There are many reasons you might need to get a boundary survey in Idaho. For starters, it is especially essential in rural areas to have a detailed, official map with boundary lines for record-keeping purposes; this can be used as an official guide in the sale of the property.
Another reason is that a boundary survey is necessary to have on file for construction and permit purposes. This includes everything from additional structures on a property to building a fence within or along the boundary lines.
Another reason to get a boundary survey in Idaho is to avoid conflict of ownership claims. Sometimes the physical use of a property can lead to a claim of ownership. If a dispute should arise, the best way to solve this issue is by referring to an official boundary survey. It’s important to remember that, legally, the only person who can determine property boundaries, easements and other land-rights issues is a licensed land surveyor.
If you are purchasing a piece of property or land, there’s a tip that may save you money in the long run: It may be a good idea to get a boundary survey done as part of the purchase closing of the property. This way, you will not be paying for a location survey in the closing costs, and you will have the proper survey and paperwork already in place should you decide to undertake any construction on the property.
With more than 30 years of experience in planning land development projects, Mason & Associates is your go-to civil engineer for projects in Idaho and Oregon. When you’re wondering why you should get a boundary survey in Idaho, contact us for all the answers you need. We look forward to working with you.