Easements allow a person or an entity to legally access or use a piece of land even when that person or entity does not legally own it. For instance, a neighbor whose property does not adjoin a road will almost certainly have or need a roadway easement across an adjoining property. Similarly, utility companies typically have easements on or across private properties in order to access underground and overhead utility lines, for inspection and maintenance as required.

Easements of record can be located with respect to the boundary and plotted on the map if the client provides a Title Report. The easement survey will enable you to know where and how the easements are located with respect to the properties’ boundaries. The easement survey will also give you an indication as limitations or restrictions you may face due to the type or nature of the easements. In some cases, easements will be “blanket” in nature, meaning they can potentially affect an entire tract.