Location Drawing vs. Boundary Line Land Survey
In this video Deirdre P Brown explains the difference between a location drawing and a boundary line survey.
This is Deirdre Brown your settlement agent serving Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Today we are going to talk about land surveys. When you purchase a property your title company is going to ask you whether you want a land survey and if so whether you want a location drawing or a boundary line survey. I get the question of what's the difference between the two and do I need a survey. A survey will give you some basic information about your property your property lines in conjunction with your neighbors property lines. How your house or property is situated on the land as well as any improvements that have been made on the property.
A location drawing is the most basic form of a land survey. The surveyor comes out and actually give you what's called a location drawing of your property with the structures illustrated.
A boundary line survey is a little more intense. They come out and they actually measure the metes and bounds. They will mark the property lines normally with takes or some type of markers. This is the one you're going to need if you decide to get a fence around the property. Most permitting offices require you to have a boundary line survey in order to legally put up a fence.
As far as the difference between the two, there is also a cost difference. A location survey can run you anywhere from two hundred to five hundred dollars depending on how big your property line is and a boundary line survey can run you up to two thousand dollars or so depending on once again how big the property.
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