Land Surveying

Jul 11, 2015
New England
How do surveyors find/place the markers?
They find a survey plan, deeds and other items that may exist on property and follow that to set markers. They also use similar items off adjacent plans and tie it together.

I did it out of college as intern/new engineer.
Sep 17, 2002
Lakeville, MN
You need a boundary survey. Have your deed with the legal description ready. The cost varies by region, terrain, and difficulty in researching.
Source: I'm a professional land surveyor

This and SSerian are the best answers. If you can find the pins (and they haven't been damaged, moved, etc...) then that works. After that, do it correctly. (I am not a professional land surveyor, but I am a Civil Engineer who works with them routinely).

Land surveyors will typically work off the legal descriptions, plats, and other known monumentation to properly locate your boundaries. It may be done using GPS equipment (in fact likely now) tying into the known locations of other boundaries and monuments.


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Mar 2, 2004
Late update— I paid for a property line / boundary survey over the summer, cost $500 for my two acre lot. Money well spent. The neighbor behind me, as I suspected, was mowing about 20’ into my property. The surveyor found three corner markers and had to survey / measure off an adjacent property to restake the fourth corner. He planted flags in about 50’ increments all around, so it was impossible for my back neighbor to dispute me taking back and mowing my section of land. He took it upon himself to rip up some flowers and landscaping he’d placed around a tree on my property. Gonna give him benefit of the doubt, probably a mistake on his part.

The side boundaries were about 20’ different than what my side neighbors and I were mowing/assuming were the boundaries. The side I “gained” on is helpful to me as it gives me more room where my workshop is going and is all flat. The side I “lost” on is hilly terrain that goes down into a sinkhole, so no complaints there, just less I have to mow in a rugged area.

Because of how different the survey was compared to what my neighbors and I were assuming, I double checked by measuring stake to stake (my land plat from the county gives boundary dimensions in feet), and it all checks out perfect. Should have done this sooner.