3 Factors That Can Make Boundary Surveying More Complicated

There are multiple types of surveying that can be done when you are a landowner, but few are as important or complex as boundary surveying. Boundary surveying is specifically done to determine the exact boundary lines of a parcel of land. The surveyor will utilize their skill set and special equipment, as well as existing deeds and land markers, to map out the boundaries of your property. If you plan to have boundary surveying done, you should know that sometimes the process can be more complicated than others. Here are a few things that can complicate the boundary-surveying process. 

The terrain of the land is especially complicated geologically. 

Maybe the land is mountainous, with multiple elevated points and valleys, or perhaps the land terrain is hard to navigate because it is densely wooded. In either case, the boundary surveying process can be a little more complicated than if the terrain was even-keeled. Even though a lot of the surveying process is handled by digital equipment, the surveyor will still have to access multiple points on the property. If the terrain is especially hard to go over, it will take them longer to get to the necessary access points and take measurements. 

The parcel of land is incredibly large. 

Larger pieces of land are naturally going to be more complicated to do a boundary survey on because the amount of land that has to be covered is so much. In some cases, larger parcels of land that have a lot of acres will have more privately-owned lots at the perimeters that are owned by multiple parties. In these cases, the surveying process can become even more cumbersome because the surveyor will have to work with more individual landowners just to get the surveying process complete and mark the existing boundaries. In these cases, there is a higher likelihood of boundary disputes being an issue. 

The land is bordered by federally owned parcels of land. 

Being surrounded by property that is owned by the federal government is not necessarily a bad thing. However, if you are having a property surveyed specifically to lay out the boundaries to get a flood elevation certificate, for example, you should expect the process to take a little longer than it would if your land was bordered by privately-owned land. Working to get permissions from the government to survey the boundaries can take some time to achieve.