Barron, Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark,
Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin,
Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Taylor,
Trempealeau, Washburn, & other
counties and states by request
What is a Land Boundary Survey?
This type of survey is made in order to recover boundary lines of an existing parcel of land according to a valid legal description, or to create a new boundary.
When should you have your property surveyed?
- When buying land, to protect the investment you are about to make.
- When selling land, to insure that you are selling just that part intended.
- When land is not clearly defined by a plat or legal description.
- Before land is divided by a deed, a will, or by a court.
- When a lending agency requires a survey, for mortgage purposes.
- Before a building, house, or fence is built close to an indefinite property line.
- When purchasing title insurance.
- When a line or corner location is unknown or in dispute.
How much will a survey cost?
The following factors help determine the final cost of a survey.
- The type of survey, personnel, and the equipment required.
- The amount of courthouse research required.
- The number of unknown property corners.
- The existence of building, fences, and other improvements.
- The clarity/vagueness of the legal description.
- The amount of land involved.
- The nature of the terrain.
- The accessibility of the land and the amount of vegetation on it.
- Disputes over property lines.
- Cost of the materials required to complete the survey.
What can a Land Surveyor do for me?
- Advise you whether or not you need a survey.
- Find your property corners and mark them properly.
- Establish new property lines.
- Make topographic contour maps and determine elevations.
- Locate improvements, encroachments, and evidence of possession.
- Advise and cooperate with your attorney, title insurance company, broker, engineer, or architect.
- Appear in court as an expert witness in a lawsuit.
That information does the land surveyor require?
- The exact purpose of the survey.
- A legal description of your property or the document number of where it is recorded at the Register of Deeds Office.
- A brief history of ownership and past conveyances, abstracts, or title opinions.
- Any information regarding disagreements over the location of property corners or lines.
- An agreement as to who is to pay the cost of the survey, and when.
- A copy of title examination notes.
- A copy of easements (both recorded and unrecorded) that affect your property.
What will you receive from the land surveyor?
- A copy of the survey/plat with a certificate of survey.
- A legal description of the survey that can be used in the preparation of a deed.
Tips for the responsible land owner.
- Check with the State of Wisconsin...Has your land surveyor been reprimanded for acts unbecoming of a Registered Land Surveyor?
- Make sure your land surveyor has set all corner as indicated on the map/plat.
- Inspect your property lines occasionally.
- Allow adequate time to research and plan your project by contacting the land surveyor well before the survey is needed.
- The services of a Registered Land Surveyor will cost you less time and money that the cost of moving a fence, building, or a dispute with a neighbor.