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Help your land surveyor

Published:Sunday | September 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Hello readers, for this week I want to look at some things that you can do to assist your land surveyor when he is commissioned to conduct a job for you.

These things will cause your job to be done in an expeditious manner and will make your surveyor's life a little easier.

When you have contracted a commissioned land surveyor to do a boundary (Cadastral) survey for you with the intention of him preparing a pre-check plan (diagram), you should ensure you get the names of all the adjoining owners to your property.

You should try to get their legally given names and not their aliases, as the surveyor has an obligation to serve notices of survey to all the adjoining property owners to your parcel of land. He will also need to record their names on the plan he will prepare and send to the National Land Agency for approval. Too often have my colleagues and I been given aliases instead of the persons' correct names, and this poses a challenge.

Another important thing to do is during the days leading up to the survey (the 10 days' notice period) is to clear the boundary lines of all vegetation if you know the position of these lines. Boundary lines that have not been cleared will hinder your surveyor and cause undue delays in getting your boundary surveyed.

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Part of getting the boundaries cleared will mean identifying beforehand, with a relative or neighbour who knows the property, where if there are any old boundary marks that were previously placed are or any corner (a fence post or tree or some other demarcation) that has been accepted as the boundary by all the concerned parties. When you identify these corners point them out to your surveyor when he arrives, it will make the process much smoother and expeditious.

Finally, you need to present whatever documents that are pertinent to the subject of survey to your land surveyor. This means all taxes papers, old diagrams, common law titles, deeds or receipt of purchase, etc.

The land surveyor will be able to glean important information from any such documents you may have and will assist him in his research in preparation for your job. So ensure you present them to him, preferably before he visits your property to conduct the fieldwork.

Keep sending your questions and comments and let's continue to explore A Matter Land. Until next time, traverse well.

Craig Francis is a commissioned land surveyor and managing director of Precision Surveying Services Ltd. He can be contacted for questions or queries at or his Facebook page Precision Surveying Services