Are you purchasing property and are told that you need to get a land survey? If so, you may be wondering why this is necessary. You may have a very large property where having the exact boundaries may seem like it doesn't matter or buying a home that is already fenced off with clear boundaries. Here are a few reasons that you want to get a land survey done.
Avoid Property Disputes
The main reason that you are going to want a land survey is to avoid potential property disputes with your neighbors. You do not know if the existing property markers with your neighbor are accurate because when old land surveys were done, they may not have been that accurate. GPS devices were not used, and many things were estimated using compasses that were not as accurate as today's technology. People simply did the best just that they could, and people forget that over time. It is always a good idea to get a new land survey to confirm the exact boundaries of your property lines.
Avoid Problems With New Construction
If you plan on actually doing any building on your property, it is essential that you get a land survey done to mark off the land. You don't want to find yourself in a situation where a structure is built on land that you think is yours and then find out that you were wrong and it is actually on your neighbor's property. This could lead to having to pay a neighbor for part of their property or being forced to tear down a structure that was built in the wrong place.
While some neighbors may be okay with a structure being built slightly on their property, others may take this situation as an invasion of their property and make your life a nightmare because of it. A property survey will solve all problems that could come up during construction regarding the property lines.
Avoid Easement Issues
A land survey is also going to help reveal any easements that you have on your property. An easement is when your property blocks access to another property, so the owner of the adjacent property has the right to pass through your property to get to theirs. You may think that they have a path to their property, but the land survey may reveal that they do not. This can prevent a problem with building a fence that would block the easement.
Reach out to a professional who provides land surveying services to learn more.Share