You have likely heard the terms land survey and boundary survey. It is also quite possible that you have heard those two terms used interchangeably. So, what is a boundary survey versus a land survey? Perhaps, even more importantly, there is also the question of when to get a boundary survey and do I need one.
Boundary surveys (aka property boundary surveys) are quite specific and serve very specific purposes. First and foremost, boundary surveys are a measurement of distance, in particular, the measurement of property lines.
Yes, the terms boundary and land surveys are interchangeable in certain circumstances, but no, they are not one and the same. While boundary lines of defined areas are a part of what land surveys can include, land survey benefits also encompass much more.
Land surveys, for example, can also include ALTA/NSPS land title surveys, topographic surveys, and subdivision surveys, in addition to boundary surveys. Essentially, boundary surveys are a type of land survey.
When To Get a Boundary Survey
One of the most common questions regarding boundary surveys is simply when do I need a boundary survey or surveying services? These are the typical reasons people need or want a boundary survey:
- Used for clarification or to legally support property line disputes or questions.
- Boundary surveys are a required step in the selling or buying of a property.
- Any construction, renovations, or additions to land will often require a boundary survey. That includes fences, buildings, or driveways, among other property changes.
- The drafting of any property deeds will require a boundary survey for the purposes of legal documentation.
Yes, you can call it a land survey if you choose. Just be aware that the term can also mean very different things. The important thing is knowing when you need a property boundary survey and where to get one.
Need a Land Surveying Company?
Welcome to Mason & Associates, Inc., Idaho’s premier civil engineering and surveying company. Our company is experienced in all aspects of surveying. That includes but is not limited to topographic and boundary measurements, construction staking projects, subdivision platting, and land development.
We also perform all stages of the work, including the initial survey, before having experienced engineers come in for the preliminary and final stages of planning. If you need a land surveyor or boundary survey services, we can help. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment today.