Rushing the Land Survey

Let’s face it, surveyors live busy lives and when they’re out on a job they’re often pressured to finish it quickly but that can lead to rushing the land survey. While we can all agree efficiency is a key component of surveying, people sometimes get busy. Taking your time can help you avoid legal action later. Typically if a land surveyor is being accused by a past client there are generally two reasons.

rushing the land survey

1. Improper training

If your team is not properly trained, they can get thrown off during the land surveying process. This can lead to mistakes that you pay for later. They may accomplish several good surveys, but without the right training errors can easily be made on the next. No one enjoys chaos during their day. Checklists can assist in ensuring that your team accomplishes every part of the survey. They can be reviewed after the survey is complete to ensure all the entire process was completed as well as remind the team while they’re in the field to take the right steps. More on improper training will be covered in a future post.

2. Rushing the land survey

Rushing on the job can lead to sloppy surveying and future negligence cases. To avoid possible legal action, take your time to accurately measure out a survey boundary. The busier you get, the more you have to rely on the organizational systems you’ve put in place to avoid possible mistakes. Often surveys look good on the surface, but once you dig deeper you find a mess of issues. 

If you are going to conduct tens of thousands of surveys you need to produce work non-stop, which means sometimes the little details are missed. Ask yourself, “How much due diligence do I need to spend on this case to do it right?” The answer should be, enough to catch little errors and yellow flags that might occur. Be on the lookout for misplaced monuments, changed legal descriptions, and other issues that pop up. Take a break and come at the task with a new set of eyes. 

Sometimes changes occur in legal descriptions creating issues like offsets in boundaries. Paying attention to the right documentation is a must on every survey. Following foundations is a great way to ensure each survey is done correctly. Remember, the evidence will dictate how long the survey will take. Let it guide you through the process. 

Having a second pair of eyes on each survey allows for different tactics and different opinions that can be helpful while on the job. The person in the field with you can remind you if you forget or miss a step. 

It all comes down to slowing down and taking your time to do the survey right the first time. Rushing can cause mistakes and mistakes can lead to legal action in the future. 

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