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20 Frequently Asked Questions:               

Property line surveys

    1. What is a property line survey?
    2. Property line survey, boundary survey, retracement survey - what's the difference?
    3. How do you conduct the property line survey?
    4. Is a property line survey always required?
    5. Isn't there an official land database that prescribes the location of property lines?

Hiring a land surveyor

    6. When should we hire a land surveyor?
    7. How do we retain you?
    8. What will you ask from us?
    9. How much does a boundary survey cost?
  10. How long does it take to complete a boundary survey?

Property deeds & dimensions

   11.Why is it important to have a current title report for the site?
   12. Why are legal descriptions in property deeds so complex?
   13. Will the dimensions of the property change?

ALTA Surveys | easements | encroachments

   14. Do we need an ALTA Survey?
   15. What about easements - should they be located?
   16. How about encroachments - will they be investigated?

Monuments & corners

   17. What is a property corner?
   18. What is a survey monument?
   19. Why is it important to search for the original monuments?
   20. Will you set new monuments at the corners?

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Boundary Survey FAQ's

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​About the Author:

Douglas Bell, PLS, is a Professional Land Surveyor licensed in four western states, and is a CFedS, a BLM Certified Federal Land Surveyor. He provides a range of property line, ALTA, boundary survey, topographic mapping, easement determination, encroachment investigation, and utility location services.

Mr. Bell provides land surveying services to engineers, architects, attorneys, and other land professionals in the private and public sectors in Southern California, primarily in Los Angeles County, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange County. He can be reached via email:

25 year member of the California Land Surveyors Association
Doug Bell is a CFedS - a Certified Federal Surveyor
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