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Why Land Surveyors are Important to the Buyer of a Home?

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A land surveyor is very important to the buyer of a home because they provide a service that tells you exactly what the property is like before you buy it. You have to have all this information on hand before you can buy the house, and you need to remember that you are sinking your money into something that is unknown. It will get much easier to understand once you have the surveyor come on the property, and they can create a report that shows you just what the property is like.

The best part of this is that they come out and correct any problems that people might have with the property. This tells you where all the lines are, and it can find problems with the property that are related to how it was drawn up in the first place. This means that you will know if there are any lingering issues with the property, and then you will know if you have to make any corrections or deal with these issues before you buy the house.

You can come to the seller with information about what you think they should do for you, and you can come to an agreement about how to manage the house and property before it is sold. You have to be sure that this is handled quickly so that you can complete the sale and move in, and you also need to be sure that the surveyor gives you a full report so that there are no problems in the future. You can keep that report for as long as you are in the house, and you can pass that report on to the person that you sell the house to in the future if you are ever in need of getting the house moved on the market. You need to have a lot of information on the home to help with the sale, and you will do a lot better when you have worked with a surveyor.

The surveyor that you hire for your new home needs to check the whole property, and they need to be sure that they give you a lot of information about the home that you might have missed in the past. Everything that you do can be changed with help from just one surveyor who has checked everything for you before you close the sale of the home.

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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.