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The saying, “A good fence makes for good neighbors,” is probably a good motto of the land survey engineer in Mobile. Cities all over the globe determine their tax revenue and other benefits by knowing exactly where the boundaries of one owner’s land ends and another one’s begins.
Land surveys are necessitated by the fact that no record keeping or information storage is 100% accurate. Things like accurate land-use maps and an unbroken string of accurate deed-transfer data would be nice, but usually that is not the case. The exact boundaries between any property and the next can be misrepresented or lost entirely.
Until a piece of property is changing hands, or subdivided for multiple owners, this information is usually held in plat books filed away at city hall. The problem is that in the old days, natural landmarks and existing structures were too frequently used to delineate the properties.
A passage from an old land survey might read like this, “The westernmost boundary is formed by a line exactly four meters east of and parallel to a line drawn between the NW corner of the retaining wall and the center of the oak tree in the SW corner”. This description is useless 60 years later when the wall has eroded to nothing and the tree died and rotted away long ago.
Using permanent markers (not Sharpie pens) was originally thought to be a good idea, but it turns out that they aren’t as permanent as they could be. They can move, and the surveyor has to verify their location with a GPS and a comparison of the original ownership material.
Like anything else, time has a way of erasing property markers, survey information, and all other things that define the property line. In the case of a dispute between neighbors, they could possibly hire two different surveyors, and come up with two different sets of results, each of them likely benefitting their respective client.
Such matters are often left up to the courts to resolve. It is legal precedent for the judges hearing the case to lean heavily on evidence of historic occupancy or adverse possession. More often known as “squatter’s rights” when used to describe someone who has been using another owner’s land for long periods of time.
The construction of a boundary fence is the most common condition to spark a situation like this. The land owner constructs a fence on his neighbor’s property, often a very long time ago. A court may rule after sufficient time has passed the property fenced in by the offender is now legally theirs, without any need to repay the original owner. In order to avoid this, get a survey in Mobile before you buy the land.
When it comes to business or residential needs, the accuracy of a land Survey in Mobile, AL is extremely important. Find out more about what a professional land surveyors in Birmingham can do to meet your site survey needs. Discover the future of land survey with Gulf Coast Engineers.