Land surveying is a complex profession. While determining land boundaries may seem simple enough from the outside, the job requires in-depth knowledge and technical skill to be done right and accurately. When searching for land surveying services, make sure that they have the following skills and qualities:
- One of the most important factors you should look into when finding a land surveyor to do your land survey is experience—this should cover experience not only in the profession, but experience in doing surveys within the state you wish to buy or develop land in. While most technical skills required for the job can be learned in the course of surveyor’s educational career, some skills can’t be acquired any other way except by doing actual jobs. This is where apprenticeship under a more experienced surveyor comes to place. It is often said that land surveying is both an art and a science, and the “art” aspect of the profession can only be learned by experience in the job.
- Legal expertise. Another critical thing you should look for in a good land surveyor is legal expertise. He or she is expected not only to know the ins and outs of the law, but also how to apply its principles in determining land boundaries. Your land surveyor is your first line of defense against any litigation involving your property. Because the primary duty of land surveyors is for the most part, to the public, he or she is obliged to ensure proper locations of lands and must therefore be duly licensed—required exams for which, have tough standards and high failure rates. This is why having a licensed and experienced land surveyor doing your due diligence land surveying is invaluable in any property investment or development you may be planning to push or pursue.