Large Boundary Tract Survey

BFM will use only the highest qualified personnel and latest electronic equipment to expedite the survey and insure its accuracy. The process of finding, identifying, measuring, and reporting the location of the boundary lines of a parcel of land as per the recorded deed description in addition to locating existing improvements. Boundary surveys will also indicate the extent of any easements, whether burdening the parcel (such as a utility line easement crossing the subject property to a neighboring property) or appurtenant to the parcel (such as the right to cross another property for access to a road). A Boundary Survey should also reveal any evidence of encroachments. An encroachment is the use of a parcel of land by an individual other than the owner without the benefit of a recorded right to do so. The neighbors might be encroaching on the parcel or vice versa. Either occurrence will be reported on the Boundary Survey.


The corners of the property are physically located, and, if necessary, new corner monuments are set as specified by the state rules. Boundary surveys are recommended for any real estate transaction, especially those involving complex commercial and industrial properties, and whenever the survey is to be used for new construction.


For surveying a property that exists as a matter of record (current recorded deed), the following are some of the minimum requirements each state rules: 

Research. Research shall include obtaining a copy of the record description of the parcel to be surveyed, along with the record descriptions of adjoining properties as necessary to reveal any gaps or overlaps with the adjoining properties.

Field Investigation. Field investigation for retracement or record document surveys should include extensive searching and locating of monuments defining the subject boundary along with monuments which may reference missing control monuments. Relationships to physical occupation such as fences, tree and shrub rows should be located. Parole evidence accompanied by affidavits may be used in establishing obliterated control monuments.


Publication of results of retracement and record document surveys shall require the registered land surveyor to furnish the client with a written surveyor's report, which in addition to other pertinent data, gives the registered land surveyor's professional opinion of the cause and the amount of uncertainty in the lines and corners found or established by the survey because of the following:

* availability and condition of reference monuments.

* occupation or possession lines.

* clarity or ambiguity of the record description used and/or adjoiner's descriptions.

* the theoretical uncertainty of the measurements.


A typical survey on a platted lot would include the monumentation of the lot corners per the recorded plat. The survey is based on the requirements as specified by the state board for the state that the survey is in.