The term “farm survey” may have more than one meaning, depending on the circumstances of the job.¬† Farm surveys are often used to locate or determine existing boundaries of land, or to legally separate building sites from the rest of the land.
One of common use of a farm survey is to locate the existing¬†boundaries and determine the area¬†of land which has been subdivided.¬† In other cases, a farm survey is used to divide larger sections into smaller ones.¬† In both cases, it is common that the survey will require¬†the finding or re-establishment of several, if not all of the section and quarter-section corners in that particular section, in order to properly determine and or further subdivide the areas of land in question.
Why Would I Need a Farm Survey?
Surveyors use legal descriptions to create a visual outline of your property boundaries, also measuring the size, or acreage. Often with rural land, tradition and history dominate facts.¬† Boundaries can become historical rather than legal. For example, your great-great-grandfather may have erected a fence close to the property line but not exactly on it. Over time, the fence represents the property boundary for both you and your neighbors. A survey will either debunk or confirm those longstanding beliefs. Even if you‚Äôve existed peacefully with neighboring landowners for years and had no property line issues, a potential buyer may find themselves with different neighbors who may not be as easygoing. A survey will avoid future conflicts and legal entanglements.