Land surveying is an important but sometimes misunderstood part of the building/construction process. You may need a land surveyor for many reasons but at first you might ask, what is a land survey? Land surveying is a combination of mathematics, law, history, design and construction; it is the measuring and/or mapping of land to find important information such as boundary lines or property features like a pond or a slope. Here are a few reasons why you would need a land surveyor.
Identify Plot Size
Land surveys tell you how large a piece of land is and provides property line staking to tell you where your land ends and the next one begins. This is important for homeowners when they want to put up a fence or another property feature. It can also resolve boundary disputes with surrounding neighbors.
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.
Making Permanent Upgrades
Aside from renovations, surveys are 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.
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Build 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 professional’s (architect, engineers) process.
A subdivision is the act of dividing land into pieces to make it easier to sell or develop. A subdivision survey illustrates all existing conditions and how the property will be permanently separated.
A land survey can determine if your property is zoned for residential or industrial use. In addition, a survey reports the zoning jurisdiction and classification of the property. This data helps you determine if you can use your property to run a business or strictly for residential purposes.
Locate Visible Water Features
A land survey reports surface water that is visible on the property. Visible water features can be ponds, wells, and streams.
Find 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.