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Land Surveying, the Importance of Surveys

Land Surveying Benefits

Having land properly and legally surveyed is an important part of owning property or selling it in the future. Without legal boundaries being marked, it is impossible to know where to place fencing and structures on your property in a manner that is legal within your county and state. Surveys will be the ultimate say so in land disputes with neighbor, which does happen quite often in rural areas where properties have not been properly surveyed.

For someone purchasing property, a survey is extremely important to know that an encroachment hasn't already occurred. A neighbor could have already placed a fence on the property that you are about to purchase. This needs to be solved immediately before purchase should be finalized. It can be very difficult to resolve these things the longer they go on.

If you are purchasing property that is large, with the intention of subdividing it into smaller lots that you can resell, surveys are legally necessary. A local surveyor will know the local laws regarding minimum lot size and rules for creating subdivisions for your county. This will save you from very costly mistakes later on and lead to potential legal problems down the road as well.

Surveyors can also pave the way with board meeting appearances and coming to your aid at special zoning meetings. Since they know more about the local laws, this can be a huge benefit. Once a legal survey is done, it is entered into record with the county and state in which the property exists. The corners of the property are clearly marked. Typically stakes are placed at each corner and gps coordinates are entered in county record.

The cost of a survey will also vary and you may ask for a quote. If you are willing to do some of the footwork by obtaining county maps and records, it is possible that you can reduce the potential costs incurred. Otherwise, the surveyor will have to pull these records in order to be able to do a survey from records of a marked corner of another property close to yours that has already been surveyed.

While a survey is an additional cost of purchasing any property that has not already had a legal survey done, it is vital. It is worth your time and money to make sure this is done before you purchase. The money spent could save much money and headache in the future.

Clear Boundaries Provide Protection And Peace Of Mind - Land Surveying from a Professional

There are many reasons you may need to get a Professional Land Survey. It is a crucial first step before you buy, sell or subdivide the land and to ensure that your improvements or new construction are positioned correctly. It’s possible you may need a survey if your lending institution requires a mortgage loan inspection or when purchasing Title Insurance. You may be required by local authorities, to get a survey before they issue any building or other permits and for drainage planning. If there is a dispute over the property line location or an encroachment, a Professional Land Surveyor can review your deed and other evidence, appear in Court as an expert witness and give their professional opinion concerning the boundaries of your land dispute.

When you work with a Professional Land Surveyor, you should sign and be given a copy, of an agreement with the details of your land survey, to avoid any future confusion or disagreements that may arise. Your agreement should state specifically what is included in your survey, the fee or hourly rate, any payment arrangements and an approximate time frame for completion. When you get the estimate for your land survey, the amount could be based on previous experience with similar surveys or by the hour with recording and other related fees being additional. There are many possible issues that can arise, specific to your survey, that may change the final cost of your estimate. These circumstances could be due to many things including, but not limited to seasonal related weather, problems accessing records, difficult terrain, denied access to the property, Land Court Standards or additional requirements by local approving authorities.

Upon completion, you should receive documentation based on the type of survey that was performed and certified by the surveyor. Your survey may be prepared according to Registry of Deeds Standards if it is to be recorded. Your survey should include a drawing that may include boundaries, easements and encroachments, property corners, improvements, monuments, dimensional relationships and if needed, existing conditions mapping to provide an architect or engineer.

Whether you need a Professional Land Survey due to necessity, regulatory requirements, want a cosmetic improvement, recreational addition, or just want one out of curiosity, the end result is the same. You will avoid expensive complications, establish clear boundaries, protect your investment in your family’s future and ensure your own peace of mind.