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Why do real estate developers need land surveyors?

On Behalf of | May 22, 2017 | Blog |

We’ve all seen land surveyors – they’re the women and men out in fields, along roadsides and stationed on vacant city lots who are wearing orange vests and operating camera-like devices that sit atop yellow tripods. Depending on where you live, you may see land surveyors frequently. They are especially noticeable in to-be-developed areas.

Have you ever wondered exactly what they are looking at through their lenses?

Land surveyors make precise measurements of land and water boundaries. The findings from their research are used for deeds, leases and other real estate documentation. They can see the “invisible” lines that run between neighbors’ properties, divide cities and counties and measure acreage.


As a real estate developer, the information and measurements obtained from a land surveyor’s findings can guide your development project. A land surveyor can assist you in marking exact locations of:

  • Boundaries
  • Roads
  • Waterways
  • Utilities

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, land surveyors:

  • Measure distances and angles between points
  • Investigate land records, land titles and survey records
  • Determine actual locations of boundary lines
  • Make plots, maps and reports
  • Communicate land survey findings to real estate developers, government agencies, municipalities and other clients

If you are a real estate developer, you will rely upon the measurements provided by land surveyors to determine the precise location and boundaries of your development project. In the event you become involved in a dispute over boundary lines or easements, the surveyor’s findings will assist your attorney in litigation.


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