Problems in Land Surveying You Might Not Know About

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If you’re looking to buy an area of land, like in Park City, and you wish to know how much of it is up for grabs, it will be wise to consult any residential surveyor in Utah. But before you start checking out some of the available land there, you should know first the difficulties that land surveyors face.

Land surveyors also encounter problems when they’re measuring the land and figuring out the borders. If you’re aware of the problems they face in every job, you might be able to help them out, or at least you won’t be surprised if they inform you of some discrepancies in the land that you want to purchase.

Land changes through time

We were taught to believe that everything changes. People change, places change, and even the layout of a piece of land changes even though we hardly notice it. Land surveyors use witness trees and survey stakes to delineate the boundaries of a piece of land. But through time, those markers disappear, and it becomes more difficult to ascertain the boundaries of a particular property.

Sometimes, other people even unwittingly invade a private property without the knowledge of the true owner all because the boundaries that were set before aren’t valid anymore. Before you purchase a land, do a little research and check the area to see how much it has changed.

Paper streets

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Another problem that land surveyors encounter involves a street that doesn’t exist, which is often referred to as a paper street. Paper streets are street plans that were originally conceptualized in a land development plan. Land developers are required to submit their plan to the local government office before they are given a permit to construct in the said area. They often put several streets in their plans just to give an idea of what the finished product will look like. But when they have finished their project some of the streets in their plan won’t be built for various reasons. Those streets are called “paper streets” because they were conceptualized on paper but were never built.

The problem arises when some of the people living near the paper streets start to occupy those unused areas without the knowledge of the landowner or the local government. When the landowner decides to sell their land to someone else, the buyer will be surprised to find out that someone other than the landowner is occupying the area they purchased. In these cases, it would be best if you and your land surveyor conduct extensive research on the land you wish to purchase to prevent any misunderstandings or mishaps.

Weather and seasonal changes

Another problem that land surveyors often encounter involves weather. A land surveyor often carries a lot of equipment to measure and analyze an area of land. But if the weather isn’t cooperating, lugging around all that equipment can hamper their efforts. For example, if the land you want to check out and probably purchase gets wet from heavy rain. Your land surveyor will then have a hard time analyzing your land because the ground will probably be too muddy to walk around with ease.

It doesn’t make it easier if the land often has sunny days because sunlight casts deep shadows on trees, rock formations, and other things in that area, making it harder to analyze the features of a piece of land. If you need the help of a land surveyor, you can also help them out by either waiting for the right time for them to survey the land you want to check out or patiently waiting for them to finish their task.


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