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What if you disagree with the results of a land survey?

On Behalf of | Sep 15, 2023 | Real Estate Disputes |

Land surveys are often used before real estate transactions are finalized or to solve boundary disputes – but what happens when you think a surveyor’s report is wrong?

Whether the survey directly conflicts with a previous survey (and puts you at a disadvantage) or simply doesn’t align with any of your expectations or knowledge, you can work to successfully dispute them.

How could you end up with an incorrect survey?

A land survey is a detailed map or drawing that outlines the boundaries and characteristics of a specific piece of land. They’re conducted by licensed surveyors who use specialized equipment to measure and map various aspects of the property.

However, miscalculations can happen for numerous different reasons – including poorly calibrated tools, equipment failures, markers that were moved and plain old human error. After all, a survey is only as good as the surveyor’s skill will allow, and mistakes happen.

There are several types of land surveys, each serving different purposes. The most common types include:

  • Boundary surveys: This type of survey determines the property’s exact boundaries and corners, often using land markers or monuments. They’re frequently used in boundary disputes between property owners.
  • Topographic surveys: A topographic survey maps the natural and man-made features of a property, such as hills, bodies of water buildings and trees. They’re often used in development planning.
  • ALTA surveys: American Land Title Association surveys are often required by title companies and mortgage lenders in real estate deals.

While these aren’t the only possibilities, it’s easy to see why a lot might be riding on a survey’s accuracy.

What should you do if you disagree?

If you find yourself in a situation where you disagree with the survey results, consider taking the following steps:

  • Carefully review the survey report, including all measurements and boundary markers. Ensure that the surveyor followed proper procedures and used accurate data.
  • Reach out to the licensed land surveyor who conducted the survey. Discuss your concerns and ask for clarification on any discrepancies.
  • Consider hiring a different surveyor to conduct a second survey. This can help refute the findings of the initial survey.

If a resolution cannot be reached through communication and additional surveys, make sure that you fully understand your rights and options by seeking legal guidance.


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