Every job has its own flaws and difficulties. Faced with our own challenges, you can say that completing a land survey within the budget is no different. Each task brings different issues that must be quickly resolved and responded.
One of the greatest challenges is time. A property that has been in a family may have undergone changes that were not reflected in the original deed. The witness trees and old survey stakes may have disappeared, including any physical evidence that may have simply vanished over the mist of time.
The new survey may need access to the largest repository of courthouse documents in the state. These events can blur the property lines. Defining the boundaries of a multi-generational property can be such a problem.
Seasonal changes and snow can be another challenge. We would often wish the cold weather won’t freeze the surveyor and the lubrication required for the instruments to operate smoothly.
Errors in public records can be devastating because it affects any one’s homeownership rights. Liens on the property for unpaid debts can be a worrisome issue even if it was not your own.
There are times family members may contest the will, especially when they were missing at the time of death but named in the will. This scenario can happen even if long after someone has purchased the property. Definitely, missing heirs who suddenly pop up can affect any one’s rights to the property.
This has the same effect with an undiscovered will where years later, the deceased owner’s will may come to light and the rights to the property are seriously jeopardized. Usually happens when a property owner dies with no will and the state sells the assets.
Unknown easements may prohibit a homeowner from using your new home or land. Easements sometimes allow businesses, government agencies and other parties to use and access a portion of the property.