Residential Surveying Is An Important Aspect Of Developing Your Land

24 May 2023
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If you're buying property or own a home, you'll probably need a land survey done. A survey is required in some situations, and at other times, it's just a good idea so you know for sure where your property line is located.

Residential surveying is a look at your property at the time of the survey, so an old survey may be out of date if changes have been made to the property since the last survey was done. That's why you may need multiple surveys over the course of owning a home. Here's more information on residential surveying.

Residential Surveying Finds Boundary Lines

Knowing the exact location of your boundary lines is important so you can avoid disputes with your neighbors. A survey can settle a disagreement over who is responsible for a tree or when a neighbor encroaches on your land when they build a shed or fence.

Having a survey done before you put up a fence or do any work near your boundary line is important so you don't have to move a fence later. When a survey is done, markers are placed in the corners of your property for future visual reference of your boundary lines.

A Residential Survey Finds Setback Areas And Easements

Other important information you'll get from residential surveying is the location of setback areas and easements. If you're building a detached garage or adding to your home, you'll want to know where the setback areas are located so you stay within city codes. You should also avoid building on an easement. You may not be allowed to cut down trees in an easement either, so it's always good to know where the lines are on your property that may be controlled by a utility company or your city.

Residential Surveying Identifies Problems If They're Present

Your land survey may be simple and easy to complete. However, if it's been many years since a survey was done, you or a neighbor may be over a boundary line and not know it. This information is essential to discover before property is sold and bought. A survey can provide proof of property lines and show who is in the wrong and what needs to be done to make the situation right.

The Survey Includes Historical Research

The surveyor will probably come to your property and take measurements, and they'll also research your property records to make sure old records support current findings. They might even need to interview neighbors or past owners to learn about the history of your property. This is why a survey takes time to complete. There's a lot of work that goes into a survey that you don't see.

Contact a residential surveyor to learn more.