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The Benefits of a Survey Plan

Land Surveyor on a Construction Site

Most people have gone through the headache of both buying and selling a home. Property ownership is dependent on borders and boundaries because these boundaries help define the extent and value of the property. Without a survey plan, none of these goals can be accomplished. Land surveys do much more than simply communicate boundaries. They also mark aspects of the property such as elevation changes, and other features that cannot be gleaned by simply looking at the physical property. Land surveys help put the information that once existed in multiple locations all in one place. Not long ago, this information existed only on documents with poorly drawn or wordy descriptions of borders with written documents explaining exactly what was in the property in difficult legal jargon. Today, this information is easy to understand and included entirely in a land survey.

While the most important benefit of a survey plan is that it clearly marks and defines legal boundaries, it actually does much more than this. With the boundaries marked people can easily calculate both the size and shape of the property. Land surveys also clearly mark easements and rights of ways. The survey plan allows you to easily calculate how far away you are from various fences, houses, utilities, and sheds. Any physical markings or other buildings on the property are clearly marked in the survey plan. Land surveys also indicate very clear elevation changes, foliage, sewer grates, wells, and other important topographical features. Furthermore, survey plans clearly indicate possible property encroachments or other unseen property features. 

It is important to consider using a survey plan whether you are purchasing or selling property. On the purchasing end, use a survey plan to make sure you fully understand what you're about to buy. This ensures you aren't surprised with any features of your new property. On the selling end, it is important to make sure the survey plan is correct. Sometimes parts of your property can change. It is important to make sure any benefits or upgrades you have made appear on the survey plan. This helps to make sure your property's survey plan is accurate. Even if you aren't buying or selling property, use a survey plan when renovating or making an addition to the home. This helps make sure this new upgrade is in the proper location. Finally, use survey plans to help solve boundary disputes. Land surveys leave no doubt about the extent of property. After all, this is its most important purpose.