Your property is important, and so is the peace of mind and financial security that comes with knowing about everything on your property. If there’s an issue with your land’s boundaries, easements, or any other detail, it could mean legal trouble and higher insurance.
The best way to know what you’re getting into when buying a property, what needs to be taken into account for insurance, or potential complications during your next project is to hire skilled land surveyors in Northwest Harbor. An experienced engineer can comprehensively survey your land and draft official documents showing the information you need.
What a Land Surveyor does
Land surveyors measure and evaluate the qualities of a piece of property to get their clients the information they need to buy, sell, refinance, or anything else that requires a detailed overview. To do this, a surveyor will:
- Do preliminary research about the property, which could include historical documents, past surveys, and surveys of adjacent properties
- Do fieldwork to gather important information, including boundaries, topography, utilities, and more
- Draw up the information they collect in the form of survey plans and other documents that allow their clients to understand what the surveyor found
To perform these services, a surveyor may use advanced technology like Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and laser technology. This will let your land surveyor evaluate your property efficiently and thoroughly.
In New York, to legally be able to survey land, a technician must have a Certificate of Authorization of Land Surveying Services. That ensures that they’ve gone through the rigorous training and have the extensive knowledge needed to properly carry out a survey.
Every survey is different, though, and depending on your needs and those of the lender, buyer, or insurance company that may require a survey, your surveyor will tailor their services to your situation. To learn what your land surveyor may do to get the information you need, you can talk to someone from our team for free.
How Long Is a Land Survey Good for?
There’s no specific deadline by which a land survey has to be updated– New York has no legal statute of limitations on surveys. However, land changes and often, old surveys are inaccurate or don’t meet the requirements of whatever you’re getting the survey for.
If someone is requiring that you get a land survey for your property, chances are good that they want a fresh evaluation, not one from a decade ago. However, that may not be the case. If a survey is a few years old, The general rule of thumb is that a survey should be refreshed within five to ten years of the last one.
While New York doesn’t have an expiration date for surveys, they do have a set amount of time that a surveyor has to keep files on record. According to New York law, surveyors have to keep plans and records on file for a minimum of six years. After that, the company may legally dispose of the documents. Some companies keep their plans for much longer than that, though.
Do I Need a Survey Before I Close on a Northwest Harbor Property?
Yes, for almost all land sales, you’ll need a survey before you close. If you’re getting a loan or a mortgage for that property, the lender will almost certainly require a new survey. This is so that they understand the insurance risks and possible legal trouble that may come with the property.
Even if you’re not getting a loan for the sale, it’s incredibly important to know where your property’s boundaries are. There could be potential disputes with neighboring properties, and a survey will also show you any improvements and easements where others may access your land.
Some situations may need more advanced surveys or evaluations of something that may not usually be covered. A member of our team can talk to you about your needs and let you know if you need a Northwest Harbor land survey, as well as what kind of survey you need.
How Much It Costs to Survey a Plot of Land
Every plot of land is different. Different sizes, different challenges, and different needs mean no two surveys will cost the same. Because of that, it’s difficult to give an idea of what your land survey could cost. Simple surveys of small plots of land could cost around $200, while more advanced surveys of larger pieces of land could reach $1,000 or more.
One thing that can save you some money on your survey is hiring a company that will deploy efficient, honest technicians to work on your land. Our engineers know exactly what to do to get a detailed survey and use the latest technology to do so as fast as possible
To learn what your land survey in Northwest Harbor could cost, get in touch with one of our experts. We offer free estimates so that you can make an informed decision about your survey.
Get a Free Estimate on a Land Survey in Northwest Harbor
Whether you’re buying, selling, refinancing, or doing anything else that requires a comprehensive evaluation of your property, you should have skilled technicians working on your land. The Northwest Harbor land surveyors from Scalice, P.C., will show up on time and do their job thoroughly and accurately.
To get your FREE estimate and learn more about how our surveyors can help you, call us or contact us online. Someone from our company is available to talk to you any day of the week.