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6 Reasons for a Land Survey

Posted 12/18/2015

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.

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Cheapest is not always the best

Posted 12/17/2015

A lot of people are feeling they got the best deal by paying for the cheapest service or product. Let’s just say that is not always the case. My belief is you get what you paid for, so don’t complain when the service isn’t what you thought you were getting or the product fails in a short amount of time.

Lowering the price is a one-directional, single-axis choice. Either it’s cheaper or it’s not.
At first, the process of lowering your price involves smart efficiencies. It forces hard choices that lead to better outcomes.

Over time, though, in a competitive market, the quest for the bottom leads to brutality. The brutality of harming your clients, the brutality of compromising your morals and your mission. Someone else is always willing to go a penny lower than you are, and to compete, your choices get ever more limited.

The problem with the race to the bottom is that you might win. Even worse, you might come in second.
To cut the price a dollar on that eBook or ten dollars on that plane ticket (discounts that few, in the absence of comparison, would notice very much) you have to slash the way things are edited, or how people are trained or how safety is ensured. You have to scrimp on the culture, on how people are treated. You have to be willing to be less caring or more draconian than the other guy.

Every great brand (even those with low prices) is known for something other than how cheap they are.

Henry Ford earned his early success by using the ideas of mass production and interchangeable parts in a magnificent race to the most efficient car manufacturing system ever. But then, he and his team learned that people didn’t actually want the cheapest car. They wanted a car they could be proud of, they wanted a car that was a bit safer, a bit more stylish, a car built by people who earned a wage that made them contributors to the community.

In the long run, to be the cheapest is a refuge for people who don’t have the flair to design something worth paying for, who don’t have the guts to point to their product or their service and say, “this isn’t the cheapest, but it’s worth it.”

Our survey product at Peak to Peak Land Surveying is something we are proud of completing. We do all we can to keep the cost of a survey to a minimum, yet we will not compromise our standards for the sake of a dollar.

Cheapest is not always the best.

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