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Avoid Home Buying Pitfalls with a Land Survey

Land Surveying a Neighborhood

What is a Land Survey?

A land survey is a document drawn up by a surveyor that ensures the marketability of a house. 

First and foremost, a land survey is a map that describes the exact location on a street and the size of the property. The map will include precise measurements between the house the properties’ exterior structures such as porches, garages, and fences. The map will also show property lines measured from the house and neighboring properties, identifying potential encroachments. Finally, the land survey will indicate any easements that are described in a property’s title.

Who Needs A Land Survey?

It is a good idea for anyone buying a house to have a land survey done before the settlement. This way a buyer knows exactly what they are paying for. A survey may reveal potential boundary issues such as fences encroaching on neighboring properties, shared driveways with “verbal agreements” about the size and use, or trees that need trimming on the property line. The settlement lawyer will be on hand to help identify problems and answer questions about resolving them before the purchase is final.

Most mortgage companies require a land survey to be done to insure their interests. Title insurance requires a comprehensive land survey as well. An affidavit of a land survey may be sufficient when refinancing a home, but the owner must certify that no changes to the property have been made.

What are the Different Types of Land Surveys?

There are two basic types of land surveys. The first is a “house location survey.” This basic survey is the minimum required by mortgage companies. It merely identifies the house described in the title and maps out its location, size, and general characteristics. It is not registered at the Registry of Deeds and is not valid in land court over boundary disputes. However, it is the least expensive survey available. A house location survey generally costs between $150 to $300 depending on the size and location of the property.

The second type of survey is called an “accurate survey” which is more detailed and also more expensive. A homeowner that purchases a property that has known easements, encroachment issues, odd shaped properties or very close neighbors might consider getting an “accurate survey”. It may be worth spending more money for the peace of mind of knowing the exact nature of their property lines. 

It should be noted that most surveys do not include physically staking out the property lines, but this can be done at the same time as the survey for a nominal extra charge.

Cadastral Land Surveys

Cadastral land surveys are very important because they will be able to go into the land registry in California. That is why you need to make sure that you have worked with someone who is going to figure out what the layout of the property is. That is why it is very important for someone to make sure that they can get a survey and a whole report done. The report that is used is something that can tell you about the land, and you will be able to do better work on that land. You have to learn a lot about the land so you can develop, and you need to be sure that you have spent the time to learn everything you can from the surveyor.

The surveyor is someone who comes out to check the whole property, and it is also very easy for people to know what is possible on that land. The surveyor can tell you a lot, and they can make it so that you have a lot of interesting information on the land. Not having this information is a problem, and that is why you have to remember that you can get things worked out without any issue.

You also need to be sure that you have asked the surveyor if they will be able to register the information that they have on the land. You have to be sure that you have spent some time with the surveyor talking about how they will look over the land. They will come out and explain to you how everything works, and they will give you reports as they go. You have to have all that information because there is no other way for you to get work done. You need to have someone who will work with you on your timeline.

The timeline that you are looking for is very important, and you have to remember that you will get a lot of good work from an Adkan surveyor. An Adkan surveyor will make it so much easier for you to learn about the lot, and then they can teach you what to look for when the work is done. You will get a lot of information in one report that will while you manage your land.

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.

What Do You Get Out Of A Land Survey

Land Surveying a Grassland

Getting a land survey will tell you a lot about the area, but you still need to make sure that you know why you are getting the survey. A surveyor who comes to look at your plot of land needs to know what you want, and they will give you a lot of information based on what you have asked for. It is very easy for you to get the results you need once you ask for the survey, and you get three major benefits that help everyone.

The survey will tell you the definite lines of your property that you need when you start developing. You cannot under any circumstances just start work without knowing where your land actually begins and ends because there are usually regulations that govern how close you can get to the edge of the line. That is why you need the survey, and that is why you need to be sure that you have seen where the lines are and then pass that on to the construction people.

You also get to see where your line stops so that someone who have a dispute with can see where your property is. They might not know that you have all that area, but they will see it when the job is done. This help that you get from the surveyor tells you instantly what you need to know about the land, and you can settle the dispute right there. 

The surveyor also gives you a chance to learn where the lines of other properties are so that you can negotiate with them. That is important because you have to really think about how you will manage to get all this work done, and then you need to be sure that you have an idea of who is around you in case you want to buy from them or work with them. This information helps you plot a course for the future that you cannot plan any other way.

The surveyor that you are working with will give you a lot of information about the property you are working on. Make sure that you have hired someone who knows what they are doing, and remember that it can be very easy to solve any problems with your land once you have hired them to come help you start plotting your boundaries. Our land surveyors here at Adkan know how to get the job done to fit your needs, and we're here for you as soon as you contact us.

Why Do You Need a Land Survey

Land Surveyor with Tachnometer

Land surveys will help you when you have work to do on a patch of land, and you will get a lot of information about that in a two dimensional format. It is very easy for you to get the help that you need when you request a land surveyor, and even easier to get all the information you need. You can easily figure out how the land is laid out, and you can ask the surveyor to give you a full report that explains what you will be getting.

You need to be sure that you recieve the surveying needed so that you can submit your application for the new zoning. This is important because you have to have new lines drawn for the property, or you might have to show that you are developing on certain parts of the land. When it comes to surveying a piece of land you already own and want to develop, contact us at Adkan Engineers. Our high-quality, certified contractors know what's best for you and your project, and we can land you the surveyor needed for the job. It all depends on what you need to do and how you plan to do it. 

The surveyor can help you learn about what the proper lines are for your property, and you also have to make sure that you get the surveyor to explain to you how to results came about. You usually need to have this done if there is a dispute over where the lines for land are, and that will help you if you are trying to learn about where to develop on your own property. This could tell you something about where you can plant or where a tree is, and it just means that you have a more accurate look at the way that the land has been put together.

Everyone who wants to learn about the land that they own or are buying should have a surveyor come out to help them. The surveyor that you are working with can give you a lot of information about your land, and they will give an explanation of what they have found. This helps you collect information about the land, and it helps you be a much more responsible owner of the land or developer.