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>Do You Need a Land Survey?

>Understanding Land Surveying Services
You will probably require the services of a land surveyor only a few times during your life, unless your business involves land use in some way. The need usually arises when you buy a house, a lot, or larger tract of land. Since any transactions involving land represents a large and important investment, knowing if there are any issues such as encroachments, deed gaps or overlaps that could affect title or use are important.

Many times a Boundary Survey done by a Professional Surveyor can help avoid future boundary disputes with neighbors. It’s also helpful when planning for improvements such as an addition to your home, driveway, or fencing. If there is ever a problem that goes to court, the surveyor will appear in court as an expert witness on your behalf. Having a survey done could avoid the dispute from ever getting to the point of having to go to court.

Selecting a Professional Land Surveyor
Only a Professional Land Surveyor, licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors is legally permitted to survey the land in North Carolina.

Every Professional Land Surveyor MUST follow the requirements listed in the “Standards of Practice for Land Surveying in North Carolina.” The State Board publishes these standards and the Professional Land Surveyor you hire can provide a copy upon request.

Additional Information
A survey is a highly technical and complex service utilizing the art of measuring, mathematics, and the proper interpretation of real property law.

A Title Insurance policy is generally issued when property is purchased. It covers: the title of the property, protecting the owner; or the loan, protecting the lender. It can also cover the survey if specific. Discuss the provisions of title insurance with your lawyer.

The Professional Land Surveyor can survey your land ONLY according to the deeds and other available information. The location of the boundary lines marked by the surveyor is ONLY a professional opinion based on the evidence found in the records and on the ground. However, the accuracy by which the Professional Land Surveyor accomplishes this service is backed by his professional integrity.

Submitted by: Roy Smith, Jr. P.L.S., Owner of Southern Boundaries Land Surveying Company and Member of North Carolina Society of Surveyors (NCSS) serving Craven, Carteret, Pamlico, and Jones Counties for 22+ Years.