When A Land Survey Is Important

by Diane Barnes

There are a few different times that hiring a land surveyor to give you official property line information would be to your benefit. Many times, people fail to have land surveyed, causing them a bunch of problems when there is a discrepancy later on. Rather than cut corners to avoid cost, hiring a land surveyor may be one of the most cost-effective decisions you make. Here are some instances when having a land survey done would be beneficial.

When Buying A Home

A few decades ago, it was mandatory to have a land survey performed before you were able to sign a deed that you were purchasing a piece of property. Over the years, this rule disappeared, mainly because it was not beneficial to the seller, the bank, the insurance agent or the real estate agent to have to wait for the process to be done.

The only person a land survey really benefits in a home sale, is the person buying the property. Do not let these companies try to brush off the thought of having a survey done before you make an offer. A land survey will prove to you where your boundaries are and if there are any structures built on adjacent land, you would have reason to walk away from the sale.

When Deciding To Build

If you want to add a swimming pool, patio, or any other improvement to your property, it is best to have a professional plot out the land before you build. A land surveyor will make sure you are building on your own land and not on someone else's property. They will be able to guide you with placement options so that the structure will not be obstructing views or right-of-way passages that belong to maintenance, utility companies, or the town. 

When There Is A Disagreement

If a neighbor decides to build and you believe they are putting something on property that belongs to you, call a land surveyor to prove where the boundary lines lay. Do not attempt to remove any material on your land that was placed there by your neighbor, even though it is very tempting to do so. You could get in trouble for destroying someone else's property if you do this.

Instead, you will want to enlist the help of a real estate attorney to prove the structure is on your land. With valid land surveying, the case should most likely be in your favor and the neighbor will be responsible for removing the material.