As experienced and registered land surveyors, we keep emphasizing the need to get your property surveyed with registered surveyors. Having your property surveyed is one of the surest ways of securing that property and saving yourself a lot of trouble and headache.

During our work over the years, we have found that there are some misconceptions or myths that a lot of people have about land surveying.

Some of them are listed below

LAND SURVEYS ARE VERY EXPENSIVE

A lot of people are living with the idea that land surveying is very expensive and therefore downplay it, but when you think about how much you will have to spend when trouble comes knocking you will realize how important it is to have your land surveyed. The process of preparing your survey plan sometimes reveals other information about the land that an owner may not know. For example, the distance from your property to a proposed government road.  Why not save yourself the trouble and money and survey your land today before erecting that structure?

MY FENCE INDICATES MY PROPERTY LINE 

Your fence is not a document and cannot be tendered in court when there is a dispute. It is better to have a survey plan for your property than to rely on your fence line.

NEIGHBOURS NO LONGER ENCROACH

This is not true. Encroachment is still very common especially in developing areas. It’s until you make the mistake of not surveying your property that you will know how often neighbors encroach on other’s property. Land disputes are very common these days, especially in Lagos. On several occasions, we have been called in to carry out a survey to settle a dispute between landowners. So don’t wait until a dispute breaks out before surveying your land. 

I DON’T NEED ANOTHER SURVEY, MY LAND HAS ALREADY BEEN SURVEYED. 

This is the thought of so many people today, especially those who received a survey plan from the person they bought the property from. Nothing can be further from the truth. In almost all cases, you need to have the survey plan in your OWN NAME. The existing documents are in the seller’s name and you have to have your own documents in your own name. In addition, surveys done decades ago might not be correct today and most of them need to be updated. Even if it is a recent survey, it still has to be checked by your own surveyor to be sure that the what is drawn on the survey plan corresponds to what is existing on ground. 

Finally, Land surveying goes way beyond providing an accurate description of your land, to revealing the land’s restrictions, whether the land is under any government acquisition or even some encumbrances on the land that you need to be aware of.

Get your land surveyed today by OTIC Surveys.