Four Reasons Why You Need To Survey Property before Purchase

You may have heard of several instances where a person buys a piece of property that comes with everything they desired such as a huge backyard space for a swimming pool. The problem arises when the local authority rejects an application to build the very swimming pool because of some issues related to zoning ordinances or housing codes. This challenge and many others affecting new homeowners could be mitigated if they sought the services of a land surveyor. Because a home is a valuable investment, it is vital to remove any doubts and inconsistencies before purchasing it. Below are four reasons to benefits of conducting a land survey before purchase.

Describes Boundary of Property -- Before you construct a driveway or erect a fence around a piece of land, a survey would help show the exact location and dimension of the property line and other lines of land possession. The survey indicates the demarcation of the land related to adjacent properties. By determining boundary lines, property surveys ensure that you build structures on your land, rather than that of your neighbours.

Describes easements and right-of-way -- A location survey will demonstrate all legal conditions reflected in the title deed and other legal documents about ownership. Conducting a survey can shed light on issues of access and right of way. You may be shocked to discover that because your property blocks your neighbour's access to the main street, they are legally entitled to use your property as a gateway to the road. A survey will make clear all these conditions and help you decide if the property is worth the purchase.   

Indicates Existing Improvements -- An old copy of a map of the property in question may not tell much regarding changes that have occurred over time. Local laws might have changed, thus affecting a person's land rights. A survey will show that existing improvements such as those related to parking, frontage, height, and dimension have not violated local property laws. A survey can also show if latest development on the property infringes on local ordinances, hence necessitating an immediate change.

Utility Lines -- A survey report will let you know about existing utility lines on the property. Such service lines include overhead electricity and telephone cables, sewer lines, and water pipes. A survey will show you if utility companies have the right to a section of the property for laying their utility lines. The survey can also guide a buyer to know if these utility lines may have a bearing on excavation, height of tree line and height of structures.