Your Land and the Surveyor
A property survey describes, maps and locates land ownership boundaries and corners, features and improvements.
Land and its improvements are a major financial investment; therefore, all land ownership boundaries should be located, monumented and mapped by a property survey and filed in public records.
- When property is divided into parcels for sale or development.
- When property is to be sold, purchased or mortgaged.
- When property improvements are planned or to be developed.
- When government regulations require a survey and map of your property.
- When the location of property boundaries or corners is uncertain.
- When property trespass or encroachment is evidenced or suspected.
Costs depend upon many conditions, such as:
- availability and adequacy of property records.
- previous surveying monuments and mapping.
- difficult terrain, heavy foliage and access.
- survey complexity and regulatory compliance.
- inclement weather and seasonal conditions.
- other limitations, service costs and expenses.
An estimate of cost and a time schedule will normally be provided in writing by the Land Surveyor.
The legal description of your property and related records will be evaluated and a survey made to locate, measure and monument the property boundaries and corners so they can be easily identified.
A record of survey measurements, notes and computations will be made, a survey plat or map prepared for public records, and copies provided as may be required.
The property survey will be completed in compliance with applicable state, county and other local government laws, codes and regulations.
You will be informed of the discovery of any property description, boundary location, trespass, encroachment or other related problems that you should be aware of.
Upon completion of the property survey, it is recommended that the boundary corner monuments be protected and preserved by the property owner.
A copy of property of deeds, abstract of title or title insurance commitment and maps and other available information relating to the property.
If necessary, meet the Land Surveyor at the survey site for inspection and consultation.
Consult with the Land Surveyor at the earliest opportunity; in some cases a survey may require several weeks to complete.
Professional land surveying and mapping services will involve less time, concern and expense than moving a building or other improvements, revising your land development plans or defending a land boundary dispute in a court of law.
To prevent or deter such litigation, undue costs and inconvenience, retain the services of a Professional Land Surveyor prior to any land investments and property developments.
Since 5000 B.C., surveying has served the political, economic and social needs of our society by defining and locating property boundaries, features and improvements.
In Wisconsin, the original survey of our lands into townships, ranges and sections began in 1831, from the border with Illinois and northward until completion in about 1865.
From the Egyptian "rope stretchers", ancient surveying measurement tools have progressed to the chain and compass, to the transit and tape, to electronic distance and directional instruments, to the current GPS satellite receivers for modern surveying and mapping.
Computation and mapping tools have also progressed from manual devices and methods to electronic computers for calculations, data bases and computer aided drafting (CAD).