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Learn to Avoid a Citation with a Land Survey

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When you are looking for a property, there are a lot of factors you need to filter through. From arranging your mortgage details to looking for a land surveyor, everything plays an important role. A land surveyor will help you draw the boundaries and even estimate the value of the property. However, a reckless or untrained land surveyor could mean a lot of problems. He can be the source of endless sanctions from the local authorities. To make it worse, he can make your property a nuisance to the locals, which may be a cause for its removal. Hence, you need to choose someone who got what it takes to use the latest technology and equipment for land surveying.

We all know how zoning rules in a given locality affect the outcome of a property investment. If you disregard the importance of zoning rules, the likely scenario is that you will get fines for violating them. A land surveyor must do a comprehensive inspection of the prospective area to give you profound insight on the most suitable locations for development. Also, he has an intuitive understanding of land features and underground installations, which can save you from endless disputes with locals and the authorities. He can help you avoid wires, cables and pipes in the area. Don’t risk being sanctioned for ignoring a land surveyor in your development. In addition, never get embroiled in endless boundary issues just because you overlooked the significance of a land surveyor.

There are a lot of people out there who claim to be professional land surveyors. While there are many legitimate ones, you need to exercise caution and do some thorough background check just to be sure. A professional land surveyor should be able to do effective land tile surveys, forensic studies of the area, residential and commercial property survey and builders survey. Also, make sure the one you settle for knows how to do construction stacking. 

Lastly, a professional land surveyor knows the right techniques used to determine suitable locations for your property. He is capable of pinpointing the exact position of your land using advanced techniques and cutting-edge technology. After the work is complete, the surveyor should be willing to articulately relay the details of the survey results to you. He should also be in a position to answer any rising questions and relieve any possible anxiety that may come up in the process. A good surveyor does not stop at the initial stages. He builds a strong and long-lasting working relationship with you. If you are looking for a land surveyor with the qualities discussed above, feel free to give us a call any time.

Purpose of a Land Survey with a Title Transfer

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A land survey is a process of inspecting the physical property that is being transferred between proprietors. Surveys help the land purchasers understand what they are buying through defining precise land boundaries, demonstrating to them other people's access privileges and identifying conflict issues. Also, a survey before a title transfer allows a buyer to purchase extended title insurance coverage.

Property Boundaries

A land survey precisely measures and defines the property boundaries. The surveyor looks at the property's legal description and the benchmarks on the ground to draw the exact dimensions of the land. This kind of explicit boundary definitions can help you decide where you can construct additional structures or fences. It will also help you avoid any kind of property fraud issues regarding the size of the land.

Easement

An easement is the nonpossessory right given to someone to cross or use your land. Land surveys identify any necessary easements. For instance, utility services often have easements that permit them to enter your property to read meters. Your property might be subjected to access easement, so the owner behind you can pass through the side of your property to get to the street. Easements can be generic without an exact definition, or it can be specific about what part of your property will be accessible. You should understand the different types of easements as it can limit your rights to modify your property.

Encroachment

Through defining your land’s boundaries and easements, a surveyor will also help you determine encroachments. Encroachments happen when your property intrudes on another owner’s territorial rights. For instance, a surveyor may determine that the fence is built a few feet over the property’s legal boundary. Another more complicated example of encroachment would be a structure built 1 foot into another property's right of way. Look into the issues and try to negotiate before a title transfer. Also, title insurance will cover some issues. In the case of a serious encroachment, backing off might be the only option.

Survey Title Coverage

A completed survey is a prerequisite for an American Land Title Association (ATLA) insurance, also known as extended title insurance. ATLA insurance will pay for expenses if a third party has a claim to your property of which you were unaware at the time of purchase. A submitted survey helps the insurer be certain about your right to the property and can cover you against any such unforeseen claims.