By Bryan Balcome, PLS, VP - Land Surveyor May 03, 2023
Owning and selling property can be rewarding, but sometimes there are challenges that come along with it. Property owners in rural residential areas can face legal description issues when property is sold, purchased, or subdivided. To simplify, a legal description defines the property’s boundaries on the ground.
Owners become frustrated by these issues because it means one of their most valuable assets, their property, is not clearly defined. This could delay the ability to buy, sell, or mortgage property, along with increasing the possibility of boundary disputes with neighbors.
Widseth frequently helps property owners in rural residential areas deal with these issues. We help develop a solution by taking the following steps.
If you are thinking about selling property, a Certificate of Survey will uncover troublesome details you may want to resolve prior to a closing. If you are buying, a Certificate of Survey will provide you comfort in knowing exactly what you are purchasing along with exposing any issues that need to be resolved before or at closing. One of Widseth’s professional land surveyors can review your existing legal description and provide an estimate of what it would cost to provide our services. You’ll be confident in knowing the exact locations of your property lines.
If you’re looking to buy, sell, or subdivide your property, contact me, land surveyor Bryan Balcome, PLS. I'll review your legal description and help you mend any issues with your property. I recently co-authored the chapter “Legal Description Considerations” in the Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education reference book. This chapter offers ways to deal with issues that come up from both a land surveyor and attorney perspective. The book is used by real estate attorneys throughout Minnesota as a go-to reference guide for land issues in Minnesota.