Do you think you know everything about your property? Well, that might not be the case. When you get a professional survey of your property, you can have a complete picture of it and what it offers. Today let us discuss the importance of surveying your property.
What is a Survey?
A survey, or a certified property boundary report, is when you conduct a study with the assistance of a licensed surveyor. They can recognize and define all the land’s characteristics and the potential improvements that can be made. A licensed surveyor relies on numerous property and county records along with GPS, CAD, and Robotic Survey Systems to reach their results.
What information do property surveys give to the buyer?
- Boundary lines of the property
- Detailed information on where any improvements are situated on the property, along with the distance of each improvement from the other and the property boundaries
- Detailed information on certain property characteristics. These might include easements, boundaries, encroachments, and more.
One of the most important reasons why property owners have their property surveyed is to understand the position and location of their boundary lines. Every property owner must know the legal boundaries of occupancy. This information becomes extremely crucial, especially when you intend to build a fence, driveway, sun-room, and more.
Doing this survey avoids conflicts with your neighbors regarding property lines, especially if you are doing any construction on the edge of your property(such as fences). The boundary line certification also informs whether the legal description of the property is precise and accurate.
Rights-of-Way, Easements, and Abandoned Roads
Once you get your survey done, it will show all the conditions imposed by the law on your title’s report and any other applicable agreements.
For example, if a portion of your property obstructs your neighbor’s access to the road, then there might have been some form of agreement, also called easements. This will allow your neighbor to access your yard to reach the street. This piece of information should ideally be a public record.
Your property surveyor, on an average survey, would report on the surface or visible water bodies only, such as lakes, creeks, wells, ponds, etc. Any underground water bodies are covered by other types of professional inspections or surveys.
Joint Driveways, Party Walls, Rights-of-Support, Encroachments, Overhangs, or Projections
You or your neighbor might not be aware, but you may be legally obligated to support your neighbor’s driveway by maintaining your own as that portion might be shared. To avoid boundary disputes, you want to prepare yourself with the backup of legal documents.
Any improvements, alterations, or repair that exists or you intend to make must not violate the law and other restrictions. During the survey, the surveyor will certify the improvements during that period that fall under the regulations provided depending on where you live.
These are some of the most common restrictions on residential property:
- Building lines
Your surveyor will also uniform you if your recent improvements violate local ordinances or other laws. If they find you violating, they will notify you to change or fix the issues.
Pipe, Poles, Wires, and More
Unbeknownst to you, your property might have several types of water, electric, gas, and telephone lines passing through. There might also be utility hole covers, catch basins, cables, and poles. Anyone can easily locate the above-ground poles and wires, but the surveyor will also be reporting on the existence of underground cables and drains. The information collected by the surveyor will be sent to utility companies and the municipality.
Utility companies might use your portion of your property to upkeep utility lines on your property. The company might also have the right to restrict certain things, such as the height up to which your trees can grow.
Knowing the location of these underground utilities is necessary before any future excavation or construction begins.
Access, Ingress, and Egress
The surveyor, in the survey, should state whether or not there is any physical vehicular ingress and egress to an open and public street. The survey might also indicate the adequacy of access for a particular purpose, for example, delivery trucks, emergency vehicles such as fire trucks, ambulances, and more.
You might have a basic idea of whether or not your property is zoned for residential or light industrial usage. Still, several other zoning classifications restrict how you may be permitted to use your property.
A survey thoroughly reports your zoning jurisdiction and classification.
Once you have completed and certified your property survey, contact your real estate attorney. Your real estate attorney can guide you in using your property according to all the zoning requirements and ordinances. A real estate attorney will also be able to provide you with advice and the legal ramifications of the survey.
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