The Importance of Boundary Survey


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Smith-Roberts National Corp. ( ) is a nationwide ALTA Land Survey coordinator and the originator of the DesignReady Survey® that specializes in coordinating and creating ALTA Land Title Surveys for multi-site and multi-state real estate transactions.

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The Importance of Boundary Survey

  1. 1. The Importance of Boundary Survey
  2. 2. Real Estate is one of the largest investments made by an individual or business. Knowing everything about the property is the first due diligence steps taken by smart investors. This enables them to make informed decisions and avoid surprises later on.
  3. 3. The boundary survey holistically determines the legality and integrity of the parcel of land which a property lies upon or is simply the land itself.
  4. 4. It is important that an experienced land surveyor who is licensed to survey in that particular state is chosen. <ul><li>A boundary survey depicts the exact boundary of what you are </li></ul><ul><li>buying or selling. </li></ul><ul><li>A boundary survey shows easements for utilities such as water, </li></ul><ul><li>sewer, power lines, etc. on the property. </li></ul><ul><li>A boundary survey identifies any encroachments such as </li></ul><ul><li>driveways, fences or buildings on the property </li></ul><ul><li>Boundary surveys can identify possible boundary disputes </li></ul><ul><li>Boundary surveys can also help when dividing the parcel of land </li></ul><ul><li>During improvements or expanding existing building structures, </li></ul><ul><li>a boundary survey can be helpful to ensure that the construction </li></ul><ul><li>or improvements are done on the correct area of land. </li></ul>
  5. 5. A boundary survey meets the standards of the regulatory industry of an individual state, whereas the ALTA/ACSM is comprehensively recognized across the entire nation. For more information in the difference please read our earlier article titled “ALTA Survey vs Boundary Survey”
  6. 6. <ul><li>The process of the boundary survey begins with the </li></ul><ul><li>research and due diligence of municipal, local, county and </li></ul><ul><li>state documentation records. </li></ul><ul><li>This pre-survey research may also include history of </li></ul><ul><li>adjoining lands. </li></ul><ul><li>These documents may provide clues or gain insights into </li></ul><ul><li>potential conflict areas where they need to pay attention. </li></ul><ul><li>The next plan of action incorporates the physical ground </li></ul><ul><li>survey. </li></ul>
  7. 7. In many cases, large commercial real estate transactions may span several states and include multiple property sites such as corporate mergers and acquisitions. This makes it very difficult for the buyer or lender to complete this process themselves.
  8. 8. In such case clients hire Smith Roberts National Corporation to manage and coordinate the entire ALTA Survey process (also known as Land Title Surveys). Please read this article on advantages of Hiring a National ALTA Survey Coordinator for Commercial Real Estate Transactions.
  9. 9. Smith-Roberts National Corporation is a land survey coordination firm that specializes in coordinating Land Title Surveys for multi-site, multi-state real estate and single commercial transactions. Incorporated in 1981, Smith-Roberts National Corporation has become a nationwide leader in the Land Survey industry with exceptional service, timely deliveries and reasonable fees. Smith-Roberts National Corp. is a nationwide ALTA Land Survey coordinator and the originator of the DesignReady Survey®.
  10. 10. 100 N.E. 5th Street Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104 Smith-Roberts Email: [email_address] Phone:    405 840-7094 Fax:        405 516-2680 Toll Free: 800 411-2010