• Property Line Monumentation and Staking
  • Land Disputes and Encroachments
  • Layout Surveying [ Fences , Walls , Structures ]
  • Expert Witness Testimony
  • Survey - Map, Boundary - Expert
  • Court Compliant Surveys

What Does a Boundary Survey Involve?

The main objective of a boundary survey is to determine the location of land ownership lines. The initial phase includes land records research. Research is conducted at local, county and state agencies and offices for the purpose of locating deeds, plans, maps, wills and other documents defining the location and rights associated with a parcel of land. Most of this research is conducted at the Registry of Deeds, where the current parcel and abutting parcel deeds are traced back in time in order to construct a “chain of title”. This enables the surveyor to understand the original description of the parcel, as well as determine “junior-senior rights” associated with adjoining parcels. With the land records research complete, the surveyor can then construct a picture of what the parcel of land should look like according to the language contained in deed descriptions, as well as other documents obtained during the research. This is referred to as the “record boundaries” of the parcel.

The next phase of the boundary survey involves a thorough field reconnaissance for the purpose of uncovering any boundary evidence, such as iron pipes or rods, monuments, walls, fences etc. This is a physical investigation of the parcel, and requires a keen knowledge of the types of evidence, land use patterns and local history. Reconnaissance is conducted in light of the “record boundaries”, and a determined surveyor will hunt tirelessly until the corner is found.

A field survey is then conducted to locate the evidence uncovered during the reconnaissance survey. Different methods are employed, including conventional total station traverses (a network of sight lines strategically placed throughout the parcel) and Global Positioning Surveys (GPS). Our firm utilizes a full array of conventional and GPS instrumentation, and continually monitors equipment for accuracy and reliability. The methods and type of equipment used depends on factors such as land area, tree cover and required positional tolerances. All survey field measurements are verified back at the office and run through a comprehensive QA/QC procedure, including least squares analysis.

A preliminary plan of the survey is then drafted using modern CAD software. The next step involves analyzing the relationship of the found, physical evidence with the pre-determined “record boundaries”. Based on their thorough knowledge of deeds, evidence, and boundary retracement principles, Ferrantello surveyors make determinations on the reliability of existing corners, as well as the replacement of missing corners. A final Boundary Survey Plot is prepared, displaying the results of the survey, and affixed with a professional land surveyors seal and signature.

A boundary survey is more than just a set of accurate land measurements. Rather, it is a thorough retracing of the title, and analysis of the physical evidence of boundaries, completed according to state board requirements, established legal principles and local standards of care. It is a land investigation, which defines the location, dimensions and area of a parcel of land, along with all rights the parcel enjoys or to which it is subject.

Our experienced surveyors have a thorough understanding of the research, methods, principles and laws relating to land boundary retracement.

Staking your claim is vital to protecting your investment as New York State has a statute of 10 years for adverse possession where a neighbor or adjoining party can claim the land as their own. Noting any Encroachments in a timely matter and correcting any out of possession or adverse possession cases or situations are vital to protecting your property from further land disputes and neighborly issues damaging the property and your enjoyment of your home. For some odd reason many property owners believe that the fence is the property line. This is not true only a licensed land surveyor can delineate and monument your boundary line which is an imaginary line not visible by the human eye. It is very important to have a reputable licensed Land Surveyor stake out or monument your boundaries when laying out fences, hedges, curbs or any other structures that might be a possible encroachment and further damage your title or property ownership.