The first step in a building process or home improvement project is a land survey. A land survey brings both design and construction together to form a plan. A land survey also gives the homeowners and property buyers important information they need about the property. Below are reasons why you need a land survey.
1. Permanent Upgrades: A land survey is needed when a homeowner wants to put in permanent improvements such as pools, fences, driveways, pool houses, etc. A land survey tells anyone looking at the survey what type of features the land has. Surveys are used to determine if the property is abiding by local codes.
2. New Construction or Additions: Builders or anyone who is involved with a construction project should obtain a land survey for the project. A survey assists with building plans and acts as a map for laying out the different types of features. It also works as a guide to make sure the project fits in with the local laws. A survey is an integral part of any design professionals (architect, engineers) process.
3. Subdivisions: Similar to upgrades like extending your home a survey is needed for a subdivision to show existing conditions and how the property will be permanently divided. A subdivision is the act of dividing land into pieces to make it easier to sell or develop.
4. Acquire a Mortgage or Sell Land: A land survey is needed during a home sale so that both the buyer and seller know exactly what is being sold. The survey information is collected as due diligence for the land sale and will be needed at a real estate closing.
5.Identify Plot Size: Land surveys tell you how large a piece of land is and determines what you own by providing property lines that show where your property starts and ends. This is important for homeowners when they want to put up a fence or other home/property features that may be required by the city or town and can resolve boundary disputes with surrounding neighbors.
6. Zoning Classification: A land survey can determine if your property is zoned for residential or industrial use. A survey reports the zoning jurisdiction and classification of the property. This is helpful to know whether you can use your property to run a business out of.
7. Visible Water Features: A land survey reports surface water that is visible on the property. Visible water features can be ponds, wells, streams, etc.
8. Burial Grounds: It is uncommon that a cemetery or burial ground is on your property however it has happened to property owners. A land survey will show the location of the burial sites.
For more survey information please feel free to contact the Scalice Land Surveying Team. We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have about land surveying or our services.