When should you have a Land Survey Performed?
1. If you are buying real estate.
Having a survey performed of real estate is like taking a used vehicle to a mechanic before purchasing. The survey will tell you about the problems (if any) concerning the property. A Licensed Professional Land Surveyor is the only one qualified to identify property lines and property corners. Don’t rely on any unlicensed person’s opinion.
2. If you are selling real estate.
A current land survey of the real estate you are selling will increase the value and marketability only if all issues (if any) have been addressed and corrected. Do not be convinced to sign a statement concerning property lines without having the proof first. If you will be signing a Warranty Deed to convey the property to the purchaser, then you are signing a legal document that states that you ‘WARRANT AND DEFEND FOREVER’. Avoid the liability.
3. If you are developing real estate.
Having the correct survey performed for the development will avert many problems developers encounter from conception, to design, to final build out.
4. If you are making additions to existing structures or erecting additional buildings or fences and other improvements.
Most parcels of land have easements of some kind and you should know where they are if they exist. Some jurisdictions have building setback regulations. You wouldn’t want to build a fence on your neighbor’s property or have your leach field there either.
5. When your neighbor builds a fence or an improvement at a location you suspect to be encroaching upon your property.
You should obtain a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor’s opinion before you confront your neighbor. Have the facts first.
6. If you have owned your property for years and haven’t had one performed recently.
Boundary lines can move if they are not maintained. Remember, good property lines make good neighbors. Get the documentation to support the locations of your property lines. Defend your property’s boundary lines and corners.