Most landowners have a general idea as to where their land boundaries are located. However, there is a big difference in knowing the general location versus knowing the exact location. Probably my greatest challenge and most time consuming thing I do is to flag boundary lines. And guess what, if I’m wrong, you either don’t get all of your timber harvested or, worst case, we end up cutting some of your neighbor’s trees. And if I’m not 100% sure, I’m flagging a safe line so that I don’t cut some of the neighbor’s trees.
As a landowner, it is your responsibility to know where your lines are; this can only be done through a survey. And here is my main advice on surveying–request and pay the extra money for the surveyor to paint the lines. I know of only one or two surveyors who automatically paint their lines. Other surveyors only tie up flagging tape, which will fall off of the trees within 4-5 years. When that flagging tape falls off, you have lost the location of your line.