Posted on: 19 May 2019
There are a number of reasons that you may need a surveyor to mark out the boundaries or mark a right of way on your land. Often after many years of ownership, the lines can become clouded and you may not remember where the exact line is. This can be a problem if you are building or selling the property.
One of the most common reasons to have a survey done on a piece of property is in preparation for building. In most areas, you can only build so close to the property line and if you don't know where the line is, you could finish the building then find out your too close to the line. There have been cases where buildings were too close to the property line and had to be moved at the owner's expense. If you are not sure where the property line is, it is worth spending the money to have the survey completed before for you do any building on the land.
If the surveyor can find the old survey pins, they will use them to start the survey but only if they can verify that they are still in the correct location. Because the pipe is often used to mark the corners of the land, people sometimes remove the markers to make it easier to mow grass or when having some landscaping done and then never put them back. Even if they did put them back, they could not guarantee the location after and the land would have to have a new survey.
Land Sale Surveys
Another common reason to have a new survey done on your land is to clarify the boundaries and property size for the deed prior to selling the land. It is important that the land is properly marked and in some areas, the land can not be sold with out the recent survey. If you live in an area that does not require the survey for land sales, you could let the buyer do it after the sale but if they think you misrepresented the land before the sale, it could become a problem later.
The cost of the survey can sometimes be included in the sale but it is no so expensive that most landowners can afford to do it to make a sale. Check with the survey company and let them know what you need so they can give you a price, pull the deed from public record, and get the survey done for you.
Speak with a local plats of survey service for more information.Share