Property Line Maps - For Cell Phone, PC and GPS

Sample - Completed Order

When an order is completed the customer receives an e-mail. That email includes an online map link that starts the GISsurfer software and displays a map showing the customer's approximate property lines and corners. The email also includes a GPX file with a waypoint at each approximate property corner. A sample of that e-mail is below. After that sample e-mail is a link to a sample of the kind of GPX file that will be sent with the email.

Sample e-mail

Hi Steve,

This email completes your order from or Please keep in mind that these coordinates and property lines are approximate and are not survey-grade.

Below is the link that starts the GISsurfer software and displays your map. This link uses our exclusive map-in-a-link technology. If you click/touch a corner, then you will see a popup that has the corner number and the approximate coordinates.

If your email program does not display the map when you click this link, then simply copy the entire link and paste it into your browser address bar.

If you like our work and use social media, please consider posting a kind word about our service wherever you post on social media.

If your email program trashes this long link then please let me know and I will send it to you by a different method.||description=plm2||label=on||line=on||44.569128,-85.134233^1||44.569105,-85.12916^2||44.565483,-85.129117^3||44.56551,-85.134168^4|| 44.569128,-85.134233

The above link will work in most browsers and on most devices, from smartphones to desktop computers.

If you are planning to use the data we are providing to walk around your property and see approximately were your property lines and corners are located, then you have two options.
Option 1 = Smartphone + online map link we are providing
Option 2 = GPS (Garmin, etc) + GPX file we are providing (See attached gpx file)

Unless you are already GPS savvy, we recommend the smartphone option for two reasons. First, the smartphone option is easier than the GPS option. Second, if operated correctly, most current smartphones and dedicated GPS units can more-or-less get the same location accuracy, which is about 15 feet.

=== Smartphone Tips ===

1. If there is good cell service on your land:
A. Open the map link shown above. You will be looking at your approximate property lines and corners displayed on an aerial photo.
B. Turn on the geolocation feature by tapping Menu ==> My location. The map will center where you are standing. The symbol at the center of the map will follow you as you move.
C. Walk until that symbol is on top of a property line or property corner.

2. If there is spotty cell service on your land then these tips will help:
A. Start someplace where there is cell service and you can open the map link we sent.
B. Zoom in on your property to the zoom level you are going to use as you walk around.
C. Drag the map around on your screen so you cover all of your land. This part of the aerial photo is saved in your browser's short term memory.
D. Turn on the geolocation feature by tapping Menu ==> My location. The map will work even in areas where there is little-to-no cell
service as long as you (1) do not change the zoom level or (2) go outside of the area you covered in step 'C'.

3. iPhone users with iOS 14 and later.
A. Go to Settings ==> Privacy. Make sure "Location services" are 'on'.
B. Next, tap "Location services" and scroll down to "Safari websites" and make sure it says "While using".
C. Tap "Safari websites" and make sure "Precise location" is turned 'on'.

4. Android 11 (or later) users:
A. Go to Settings ==> Location make sure it is 'on'.
B. Tap "App permissions" ==> Chrome - make sure it is set to "while using".
C. Go back to the "Location" screen and tap "Improve accuracy" - Both of those settings should be 'off'. They provide no significant benefit when you are using the map link we sent and will drain your battery faster.
D. Go to Settings ==> Battery and device care ==> Battery - Power saving mode must be 'off'.

5. Older versions of Android.
Open Settings and go to the screen where you turn location services on/off. If you see a setting for location method (also called "mode") then set that to "GPS only". If you use the so-called "High Accuracy" setting then data from cell towers can degrade the more accurate data from the satellites.

6. Here is a PDF file with more tips for using your property line map on a cell phone:

=== GPS Tips ===

2022 Update: There really is no good reason to use a standalone GPS device (Garmin, etc) instead of a smartphone. Both have about the same accuracy and the phone will display a high resolution aerial and be *much* easier to use.

1. Go to our homepage and click the link titled "Visit our GPS Tips page". Among other things you will learn (a) which GPS models we recommend and (b) how to get the best location accuracy from your GPS.
2. Load the GPX file ***attached to this email*** into your GPS.
3. Each approximate property corner is a waypoint in the GPX file. Each waypoint has a name that correspond to the corner numbers you see on the online map. Use your GPX to navigate to any waypoint.
4. All the waypoints are also in a "route" that starts at waypoint "c1" and goes around your property. If you make that route active, then your GPS can guide you from point to point along that route.

=== Online Map Tips ===

To change the scale at the bottom of the map from meters to feet, click/touch the scale.

If your device is online then you can see contour lines on top of the aerial, Tap the basemap button (next to the "Menu" button) and scroll down to the "Overlay" section. There are two contour overlays. Tap them both to turn them 'on'. That data may take a few seconds to appear on the screen. Tap those overlay names again to turn the contour lines 'off'.

If your device is online then to see the USGS topographic maps tap the basemap button (next to the 'Menu' button) and then tap "ESRI scanned topo USA".

=== GISsurfer Tips ===

Your online map is displayed by GISsurfer which is a general purpose web map that anyone can use for any non-commercial purpose. In addition to displaying property line maps, GISsurfer has many built-in features. There are also various GISsurfer map links you can open which display multiple layers of GIS data related to recreation and disasters. To learn more, please visit the GISsurfer website:

Thank you for your order and I am happy to answer questions.

Joseph Elfelt
Redmond, WA
425-881-8017 landline - Pacific time

Here is an example of the kind of GPX file that will be attached to the e-mail:

GPX file: