A land survey can be daunting to read and understand with its strange symbols and small print. In just a few minutes, however, you can learn to read a land survey just by knowing what kind of survey you have and by using the survey legend.Continue Reading
There are many types of surveys, but the most common one is called the boundary survey. True to its name, this type of survey outlines the property's boundaries. You'll know you have this kind of survey when your survey plat shows the property's overall shape, how the boundaries are physically marked and the distance from marker to marker. Other types of surveys, such as construction surveys, show symbols marking utilities and describe locations of minerals, land or water features.
A survey legend lists the symbols used in the survey plat. A common symbol is a circle enclosing a dot. This symbolizes a pin used to physically mark the boundary. Carefully read the legend, and look at the corresponding symbols on the map. Use a magnifying glass if your plat is difficult to read.
The deed generally includes a description of the property at hand. Have your deed handy, and find the starting point of the deed's description on your land survey. As you read each sentence, follow along on the survey.
Several creative ideas for landscaping in small spaces include separating the area into several small levels, dividing the lawn into functional areas, adding a pergola to give the illusion of space and breaking up a small plot of land into different elements to give the area texture and depth. For instance, place a small fountain and pool by a bench, the latter raised on a deck. Separate one side of the pool and plants with a wall.Full Answer >
Clearing and grubbing describes the stages of land development in which vegetation is removed (known as clearing), and then a root rake or similar device is used to remove the roots that remain in the dirt (the process known as grubbing). Cutting and filling is the next stage.Full Answer >
There are multiple resources that should allow property owners to determine how large their lot is, including a written description on a property deed or a listing in the property survey that was included with the purchase of the land or home site. The property survey may include a map, or plat, with precise measurements and a drawn diagram of the property, detailing exact measurements including any odd angles in the property boundaries. In some cases, property boundaries are marked by metal pins or other stake-like signifiers that are stuck in the ground at the extreme corners of the property boundaries, allowing property owners to get a rough idea of where their ownership ends and their neighbors' begins.Full Answer >
A cadastral survey shows the demarcation of public land based upon legal statute, explains the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management. These surveys decide the boundaries of public land and change with the addition of new laws.Full Answer >