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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.