Why should you have your land surveyed?
The fundamental purpose of all surveys is to provide property owners with an accurate determination of the size and shape (dimensions) of their property, setting property markers on the corners and reporting on the position of improvements (buildings, etc.) made to the property - particularly with respect to improvements such as fences near the property boundaries. Under the laws of Newfoundland & Labrador, only a licensed Newfoundland Land Surveyor may provide you with this information. Here are some circumstances where surveys may be required:
Confirm what you are purchasing. Are you really getting what you are paying for? Only a land surveyor knows your boundaries.
Check the position of existing structures and fences. To ensure that buildings and improvements are within the property lines and meet Municipal regulations.
See what the property corners are. Where does your property begin and end? Where does the municipal or highway property begin and end?
Settle disputes with neighbours. Only a land surveyor can provide a legal definition of your property boundaries.
Ensure there are no encroachments. If a neighbour isn't aware of property lines (or has chosen to ignore boundaries) issues can arise that often require legal recourse.