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If you rely upon an old survey, without the permission of the surveyor, the surveyor cannot be held liable to the new owner for inaccuracies in the survey. You may be able to obtain an old survey from the city or county, but the liability is yours. The previous owner could have installed a new septic system, or recorded an easement since the last survey, who knows?!
Surveying is the science or art of making measurements to determine and/or establish the position of points above, on, or beneath the surface of the earth.
What does a survey show?
It identifies and locates a parcel of land
It identifies and locates the boundaries of a parcel of land
It identifies gaps and overlaps
It determines accretions and relictions
It determines the exact location of buildings and structures on the land
It determines the exact dimension of the parcel of land
It can serve as the basis of “air rights” or “air space property”
It determines the location of specific monuments or topographical features
It shows access
Waterfront. Have creeks, rivers, streams, or beaches moved? Does the property extend to a lake’s high water mark?
Setbacks. The survey will be used to determine if the structure violates any county or city setback requirements.
Acreage. What is the total acreage?
Utilities. They survey will show electrical, sewer, telephone or other private or public rights of way or easements. Also, locations of wells and/or septic systems are usually located
Roads and Rights of Way. Private and/or public rights of way are located.
Encroachments. Encroachments upon property and beyond property lines by fences, wall, etc., are located.