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Why Get a Professional Land Survey Before Buying a Home or Parcel?

Are you considering buying a home or piece of property? If so, you’ll want to ensure you get a professional land survey before making your purchase. Here’s why:

A land survey is an essential tool that can help you verify the property boundaries and ensure that all of the structures on the property are within those boundaries. This can be especially important if there are disagreements about where the boundary lines are located.

In addition, a land survey can also reveal any easements or rights of way that may exist on the property. An easement is a legal right to use someone else’s land for a specific purpose, such as driving across it to access your property. A right of way is similar, but it gives you the right to pass through another person’s land.

Knowing about any easements or rights of way before you buy a property can help avoid any problems down the road. For example, if there’s an easement for a pipeline running through your property, you’ll need to ensure there’s enough space around it for maintenance workers to access it.

A land survey is an essential tool that helps you understand the property boundaries of a piece of land.

A land survey can be invaluable in helping to answer questions about property boundaries definitively. With sophisticated surveying equipment and a knowledgeable Professional Land Surveyor, a land survey accurately assesses even the most complex sites.

Surveys are used to determine boundary lines and check for encroachment on adjacent parcels of land, assess legal liability, and provide improved information related to streets and other infrastructure. An ALTA survey will identify discrepancies between what is reported on paper and what is physically present at the site.

A land survey can help you avoid potential disputes with your neighbors about property lines.

A land survey can be a worthwhile investment, particularly if fences or other physical barriers exist and are establishing boundaries between properties. Additionally, identifying property lines can help ensure that any easements between adjacent landowners are not encroached on by either party. A survey will delineate what is owned by whom and can help prevent future disputes over fences, landscaping, and other common boundary-crossing issues.

A land survey can also help you identify any easements or rights of way that may exist on the property.

A land survey is a crucial step in due diligence when purchasing or transitioning a piece of property. In addition to the boundary lines and areas, it can also reveal any easements or rights of way that may have been granted to the property. This information helps to ensure that all party’s interests are acknowledged and protected in any subsequent legal documentation. By understanding the restrictions on a property and what rights adjacent lands may have related to burden or access, buyers and sellers can move forward with greater confidence knowing that conflicts will be avoided down the road.

If you’re planning on making any changes to the property, such as building a fence or adding a deck, a land survey can be used to ensure those changes are within your property boundaries.

Making changes to your property can significantly increase curb appeal or make more room for the family. But it’s essential to ensure your making changes don’t inadvertently encroach upon a neighbor’s property. That’s why land surveys are essential before any renovation or construction. By obtaining an accurate survey, you can ensure you’re staying within your boundaries and avoiding any potential disputes.

The Land Survey Process

  1. Research deeds and property information – Start by researching the property’s history and any relevant records or documents, such as deeds and maps.
  2. Fieldwork – The surveyor will visit the property and take measurements using sophisticated equipment. They may also use a drone to capture aerial imagery of the area.
  3. Mark boundaries – Once the survey is completed, the surveyor will mark boundaries on-site, typically with stakes or flags. This helps confirm what was found in the deed research and fieldwork.
  4. Report and map – The surveyor then creates a detailed report with all the findings from their research, fieldwork, and boundary marking. This report is accompanied by a base map that shows the property lines in relation to any existing structures or features.

Getting a professional land survey prior to buying a home is a smart investment that can save you time, money, and headaches down the road.

Making the intelligent investment of getting a professional land survey before purchasing a home can save you from potential headaches down the road. The detailed information gathered during a land survey ensures that you are entirely informed about the property and its boundaries, preventing any issues with neighbors over disputes on boundaries. Additionally, if problems arise, be it an encroachment issue (such as a neighbor building a fence on your side of the property line), having foreknowledge of them can help you save time and money to resolve them. Investing in a professional land survey before buying a home gives you complete peace of mind and sets you up for success in protecting yourself and your property.

A land survey is an essential tool that helps you understand the property boundaries of a piece of land. A land survey can help you avoid potential disputes with your neighbors about property lines, and it can also help you identify any easements or rights of way that may exist on the property. If you’re planning on making any changes to the property, such as building a fence or adding a deck, a land survey can be used to ensure those changes are within your property boundaries. Getting a professional land survey before buying a home is a wise investment that can save you time, money, and headaches down the road. Anderson Engineering has years of experience performing land surveys for residential and commercial properties. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you understand your property boundaries.

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