Why You SHOULD Have a Land Survey Completed Before Purchasing Land?

Buying land, whether commercial or residential, is often a pricey endeavor, even thoughLand Survey prices have eased somewhat lately. That is why choosing a lot that you want and making an arrangement for it without performing a land survey within the area might well be the biggest mistake you could make.

Here’s why it’s essential that you have land surveying done first:

Land surveyors can see whether you’re actually getting what you’re about to pay for. Meaning uncover whether the sidewalks, trees, driveways and even the bird bath is part of the property you’re planning to buy.

Land surveying would also evaluate if the neighbors are encroaching into the property, which could then mean you’re gonna have problems down the road with your neighbors. Employing a land surveyor doesn’t only mean they figure out what you’re getting or perhaps not getting – land surveyors are the experts, and so they can help with building regulations, wetland regulations, etc.

Keep in mind that these regulations can shift anytime, but land surveyors ought to be updated on these regulations, or they may refer you to a person that is.

What happens if the existing landowner (the one selling the land) can present you with old land survey documents? You should still hire your land surveyor to check if the boundary monuments continue to be in place.

Also, land surveying done many years back might not exactly show recent changes to the land. When the existing survey is older than about a decade, you ought to get a completely new survey. Technology and surveying standards are both a whole lot better now and may offer you more confidence in the survey work.

Second, that survey was completed for that owner. He could have instructed the surveyor not to show specific things on the drawing. At least have a land surveyor get out there and assess the parcel using this type of survey in hand. We have seen numerous instances when a brand new land survey would save the client thousands so don’t be a victim.

I’ve heard plenty of people say employing a land surveyor is nothing but unnecessary expense. I’ll show you what’s unnecessary: the anxiety caused by paying lots of money for something and ending up not receiving what ever were expecting. If you are smart, you’d hire an authorized land surveyor before you make any land purchases.

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Here are some reasons you might need a Survey…

  • So that you can see exactly what you are buying or selling.
  • To determine if there are easement lines for utilities such as water, sewer, drainage ways, power lines, etc. on your property.
  • To know if there are any encroachments like driveways, fences or buildings on the property.
  • To know the exact property line measurements and the precise locations of all structures, fences, or driveways related to those property lines.
  • To determine if you are in a floodplain.
  • To be able to put up a fence on your property in the correct location.
  • To subdivide your property to divide it among family members.
  • To make sure the building you are constructing is on the lot, within the setback lines, and not encroaching on any easement lines.
  • To determine if your lot is usable for an onsite septic system. (While technically not a survey, these are commonly done by surveyors.)

Call Maxwell Land Surveying at (256) 854-9503 or send us an e-mail with your name, address and phone number to allen@themaxwell.net to discuss your land surveying needs.

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