Do you know when you need a survey?

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198

Tredyffrin Easttown Real Estate - Do you know when you need a survey?

Buying a home in Pennsylvania and in Tredyffrin Easttown School District does not require the buyer to obtain a survey. it is a choice unlike some other states around us.

However, there are circumstances whenyou should definitely have a survey carried out. Check out our video for advice:

When you should have a survey:

  • If there are any disputes over property lines
  • Building a pool
  • Erecting a shed
  • Planning to extend the house after purchase
  • Erecting a fence
  • If the amount of property you own is important to you

Knowing your property lines can be important, it does take time to set up a property survey and depending on the size of the property and how complicated the lot is it can be expensive. But we have had several instances where it has been very worthwhile for clients to know their property lines and have added to their property over what they thought they were buying.

Buying or selling a home in or around Tredyffrin Easttown contact Nick Vandekar, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., Nick@VandekarTeam.com, office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543. Website is www.SellingTheMainLine.com.

 

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Rainmaker
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Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

I live in a small seaside community that is over 300 years old. I tell every client that is buying in the oldest areas, that a survey is a must. We have soom very old historic homes that are built within the street right of way. 

Jun 26, 2017 09:18 PM #27
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Unless things have changed since I let my license go, surveys aren't required in Idaho, and hardly anyone gets them because of the expense.

Once upon a time we could get "flag surveys" in which they promised to be within one foot of accurate. Those were only a couple hundred dollars. Then, for whatever reason, they did away with them, and the price jumped into the thousands.

We do have plenty of property line disputes, and some of them come about because of surveys. In hilly country, where the original surveys were done with an actual rod and chain, a survey from the east can come out FAR different from a survey from the west. One section marker here moved 100'.

Up at Priest Lake, there's a 20' strip of "no man's land" between privately owned land and State land, for that very reason.

The bottom line: our property lines are a mess.

Jun 26, 2017 10:36 PM #28
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Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

I want to have the survey before I need it, not after my husband decides to put the fence on the neighbors yard.

Jun 27, 2017 04:58 AM #29
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Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
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Knowing if and where there are easements is the biggest reason I think one should have a survey done.  Now in Georgia the big thing is stream buffers.  You might think you can do something on your land but then you find out it's within the stream buffer.  

Jun 27, 2017 05:24 AM #30
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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

We have a newer adopted site assessment requirement for waterfront properties that have septic systems...not completing that survey is a real issue down the road. Thanks for the great reminder, that what we do and knowing the rules...is why we are all worth the fees.

Jun 27, 2017 05:51 AM #31
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good Morning Nick and Trudy - I would say it is very important to have no question about your property lines.  I would do it.

Jun 27, 2017 05:59 AM #32
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Surveys are inexpensive but can be priceless! Never skip a survey is my advice!

Jun 27, 2017 06:10 AM #33
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

The real issue, Nick, with no survey is that title insurance companies will exclude certain boundary coverages. I recommend to all clients that they get one.

Jun 27, 2017 06:20 AM #34
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Jeff Dowler always good to know where your property lines are in reality as opposed to what you can see.

Sam Shueh exactly.

Jeanne Gregory there are so many reasons for a survey as this post is revealing in the comments.

John Wiley this is what is surprising in PA lenders do not require it, maybe because of how the property is laid out, but these differences are what consumers need to understand.

Anthony Vosilla great point.

Jun 27, 2017 07:29 AM #35
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Laura Filip RE/MAX UTOPIA | 903-271-4978 I am starting to believe that it is a good suggestion for all people to do a survey even when banks or title do not require it.

Pat Starnes I find it interesting how this varies from state to state.

That is very interesting Tom Bailey 

Marte Cliff that is very interesting and a reason why you need to do a survey.

Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes-- very true.

Jun 27, 2017 07:37 AM #36
Rainmaker
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Tim Maitski thanks for adding to the conversation, that would be important to know.

Steve Loynd again another interesting point. When buying in a state where you have not lived you need a good experienced local agent to guide you in the things you don't know.

Grant Schneider always good to know your property lines and easements.

Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC relative to the cost of what you are buying the cost is minimal, however for many buyers they feel it all adds to the cost so they don't always do it.

Nina Hollander that is an interesting twist, I think in PA that is not the case.

 

Jun 27, 2017 07:41 AM #37
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi NIck... I would double-check on that if I were you. Most title insurance companies are national and they may have national standards.

Jun 27, 2017 09:05 AM #38
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Nina Hollander although they are national they don't abide by national rules as we can see some states require surveys because of title and some because of banbks and some don't require it at all. Talking with our title person today it did not seem to be an issue in our state. Another reason to know your local rules and to use an agent who understands or knows where to check the issue with locally.

Jun 27, 2017 11:40 AM #39
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

I have been involved in several transactions where surveys uncovered critical encroachments or violations of minimum setbacks. When in doubt, order a survey!

Jun 27, 2017 05:11 PM #40
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
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Nick and Trudy

When buying real estate it's important to get a survey to confirm what your buying.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 27, 2017 07:53 PM #41
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Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
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Nick and Trudy

Congratulations on being awarded a feature for your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 27, 2017 07:55 PM #42
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Melissa Spittel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westminster, MD
"Achieving Results Together "

Timely post! My buyer is purchasing a home with an inground pool. I learned today that the survey shows part of the pool and a portion of the surrounding fence are located in an easement. 

Jun 27, 2017 08:31 PM #43
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M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Great video - short and sweet: a well deserved feature.

In the rural Santa Cruz mountains, many things have been installed years, decades, or perhaps even a century ago, long before Santa Cruz County started regulating property.    

It's not uncommon to find the installation was in a different place than originally drawn and intended due to the geology, topography, giant redwood trees, seasonal springs, etc.    This includes roads!   driveways!   garages!   septic systems!   fences!   and worst case, houses!    

Only a survey will definitively define locations; don't rely on the sellers' arms waving and fingers pointing 

Jun 28, 2017 10:00 AM #44
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition. This is important information to share.

Jun 28, 2017 11:02 AM #45
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Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
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In Florida, any home that is being purchased using a mortgage must have a survey. If the seller has a previous survey and nothing has changed since that survey was done, then the buyer can use that survey and doesn't need to get another one. Yes, you need a survey for all the reasons you mentioned in your post. Great information. 

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