Purchasing a New Home With a Lot of Land? Have The Land Surveyed Before You Purchase

25 August 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


If you are purchasing a new home and the home is sitting on a lot of land, you need to hire a land surveyor before you sign that dotted line. They can ensure that you are purchasing the right amount of land. The last thing you want to have happen is to purchase 10 acres and find that there is only eight acres. Below is some more information about this so you can move into your new home.

Check Land Markers

If you walk around the property you may find land markers. These markers are put in place either by the homeowner or a previous land surveyor. They mark the boundary lines of the land. They simply stick into the ground so they are very easy to remove and moved to another place on the land.  Even a neighbor could do this if they wanted to build something close to your property.

If you keep the current markers where they are, you may build something like a fence or a shed and cross the property line. If so, your neighbor could make your tear down the fence, shed, or whatever you construct. This will result in a lot of wasted time and money. You would also have disputes with your neighbor which can lead to trouble.

Hire Land Surveyor

Hire a land surveyor to come to the property. They can determine where the exact boundary lines are and move the markers to the right place. The land surveyor does a lot of research on the land. For example, they will look at past deeds to determine where the property lines are. Once they determine this, the surveyor may use an infrared reflector to measure distance to allow them to place the markers in the exact spot they need to be.

The land surveyor can also determine if there are any easements on the property. An easement is giving someone the legal right to use part of the land. The title to the land remains in your name, however. You need to know this information because if you see your neighbor building on this area you will know they have the right to do so.

Contact land surveying services in your area and they can go over all this information with you in much more detail. They can also explain to you other things they can help you with so you can decide if you want to hire someone.