Preparation Tips Ahead of a Land Survey

Preparation is often important for a variety of tasks or processes that may be completed on or around your property, and an upcoming land survey is a great example. Depending on the type of survey you’ve ordered, there may be a few things you need to do to prepare for a land survey, whether we’re talking about site prep, advanced research or other areas. 

At Diamond Land Surveying, we offer a huge range of boundary surveys, ALTA surveys, subdivision surveys and other land surveying solutions to clients around Salt Lake City and other parts of Utah. While the specifics will vary with each individual survey need, here are some of the general preparation elements you may need to think about ahead of any survey you’ve ordered.

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Gathering All Land Documentation

Firstly, before you even contact us to schedule a land survey, it’s important to gather all relevant documentation related to your property. This may include any previous surveys, deeds, property records or plats. 

Having this information on hand will help our team better understand the history and boundaries of your property, making for a more efficient and accurate survey process. It will also save time and potentially avoid any potential legal disputes in the future.

Estimate and Survey Type Decision

Once you have all your documentation in order, our team will work with you to determine the type of survey that best fits your needs. This may depend on a variety of factors such as property size, intended use, and potential boundary disputes.

Depending on your specific goals and budget, we will provide you with a detailed estimate outlining the cost and scope of work for your land survey. With this estimate, you should also receive a timeframe for when the survey will be completed, allowing you to plan accordingly.


In most cases, there will be some paperwork involved before the land survey can begin. This may include obtaining necessary permits from your local government or homeowners association, if applicable.

Our team will handle all of the necessary paperwork and ensure that everything is in order prior to beginning any survey work. We understand that navigating local regulations and requirements can be overwhelming, so we strive to make this process as simple and stress-free as possible. While there may be documents for you to fill out and sign, we will guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

Site Preparation

Depending on the type of survey being conducted, there may be some site preparation required. This may include several different areas:

  • Clearing vegetation: If your property is overgrown with trees, brush, or other vegetation, it may need to be cleared in order for our team to access and properly survey the land.
  • Access points: We will work with you to determine the best access points on your property for conducting the survey. These may include gates, fences, or driveways that need to be opened or removed temporarily.
  • Property boundaries: It’s important to have a clear understanding of your property boundaries before the survey begins. If there are any unclear or disputed boundaries, our team will work with you and neighboring property owners to resolve these issues.
  • Hazards: If there are any potential hazards on your property, such as steep inclines, unstable terrain, or utilities, it’s important to alert our team beforehand. This will help us plan accordingly and ensure the safety of everyone involved.

By following these suggested preparations before your land survey with Diamond Land Surveying, you can help make the process smoother and more efficient for both yourself and our team.

Regular Communication With Surveyor(s)

Leading up to the survey and throughout the process, it’s important to maintain open and regular communication with our team. This allows for any questions or concerns to be addressed promptly and ensures that all parties are on the same page.

For instance, if there are any changes or developments on your property that may affect the survey, it’s important to inform our team as soon as possible. This could include new constructions, land alterations, or boundary disputes with neighboring properties.

Preparation is key for a successful land survey. By gathering all necessary documentation, deciding on the appropriate survey type and preparing the site for our team, you can help ensure an accurate and efficient survey process. And with open communication throughout the process, we can work together to overcome any challenges that may arise. 

Let Diamond Land Surveying assist you in preparing for your upcoming land survey – contact us today! We assist clients around SLC and other parts of Utah with all their land surveying needs, whether residential, commercial or otherwise.