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Land surveys are typically conducted to determine boundary lines, but there are other reasons why they are conducted. In fact, there are many different reasons why you may need a land surveyor. Here are some of them:
You are buying a new home – When buying a house, it is important to ensure that you are getting exactly what you are paying for. Hence, hiring a land surveyor is a smart move that may help prevent future issues like boundary disputes. Land surveys should be treated as mandatory when buying any form of real estate property to verify that there are no missing corners and neighboring property owners have not encroached on yours.
You are expanding your property – Before you build a swimming pool, a new shed, or add a new room or building to your home or business, it is essential to hire a land surveyor to make sure that you are building within your property lines. This way, you can avoid property disputes with your neighbors.
There are encroachments – Your neighbor may not know it, but he may have installed that new fence or built a new structure on your property. If you suspect that your neighbor has encroached on your area, or you think you have encroached on theirs, get a land surveyor to check and to find the best resolution for the issue. You should request a land surveyor’s services if you think that a public road has been built on your property, too.
You are building a new property – You should hire a land surveyor before you begin construction or install septic systems. Doing so ensures that your property and other essential aspects of it are going to be built within its boundaries. Likewise, it ensures that your structure complies with local government requirements and regulations.
You are selling your property – Hire a land surveyor so you can provide an updated survey of your property to the realtor. This may help speed up the transaction and enable the real estate agent to present the property in a more detailed manner to prospective and interested buyers.
The land or property has a shady history – Avoid surprises (i.e. finding out that your property is built on a former burial ground or a hazardous waste dumpsite) by hiring a land surveyor, especially if you are not sure about the history of the property or land you are buying or using.
About the Author:
Armando Dupont, a professional land surveyor, started his career in surveying in 1977 and has extensive experience in managing personnel and projects. His experience includes: topographic mapping, boundary surveys and analysis, construction and control surveying, preparation of tract and parcel maps, earth work calculation and quantities, targeting and control for photogrammetric, and land title surveys in accordance with the American Land Title Association and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. Mr. DuPont founded Calvada Surveying, Inc. in 1989 and is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor in the State of California.