Why You Should Get a Land Survey
by Laura Mueller
Whether you’re a new land property owner or have been sitting on a property for a while, it’s always a good idea to get a land survey—especially if you have plans to eventually sell. A professional land survey is a good way to establish the true dimensions of your property and, depending on the size your plot, shouldn’t cost you that much money. If you’re on the fence about whether you should get one, here’s why you might want to consider it.
What is a land survey?
A land survey is like a detailed map of your property. Land surveyors measure your land, establish its exact boundaries, and note topographical details that may come in handy if you or a future buyer ever decides to build.
Why land surveys are useful
Unlike residential real estate, the measurements and boundary lines that define your property may not be so clear and obvious. Having this information professionally completed and documented can answer some otherwise unknowable questions for you, in turn providing you with some major benefits. So why get one sooner rather than later? These are some of the big reasons that land owners choose to get surveys done.
1. To bolster your land listing.
When you’re selling your land, the more information you can supply in the listing the better. Buyers want to know exactly what they’re getting, and that often requires more than just general descriptions of the land’s size and topography. With a professional land survey, you can provide potential buyers with authoritative, indisputable information on everything from the dimensions of the property to the placement of key features.
2. To figure out your building capabilities.
How and where you build on your land is largely dictated by topography. Elevation in various areas can make all of the difference when it comes to where utilities can be run and where a structure can be built. If you intend to build on your land, or if you are trying to sell your land for development purposes, it’s invaluable to have a clear understanding of the allowances and limitations that will play a role in determining how and where you build.
3. To avoid neighbor disputes.
If you’ve ever gotten in a tiff with a neighbor over whether a tree is on your property or theirs, or whether you can or cannot build a fence in a particular spot, then you know how important it is to have data to back up your claims. A land survey provides you with all of the information that you need to know to settle any disputes and answer any questions about where your property ends and your neighbor’s property begins.
The exact cost of your land survey will depend on your location and the company that you hire to do the job. According to ImproveNet, you should expect to spend anywhere from $75 on the low end to $950 on the high end, with the average price for a land survey around $460.
Need to hire a land surveyor? Find qualified professionals in your state by visiting the National Society of Professional Surveyors.
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