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Important Things You Should Know About Land Surveys

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty 40241196

A land survey is an essential tool that is used to determine the exact boundaries of a piece of land or property. It is often required when buying, selling, or dividing land, and is also important for resolving property line disputes. Important Things You Should Know About Land Surveys

Process: The process of land surveying typically involves a licensed surveyor visiting the property to take precise measurements and create a detailed map or plan of the land. This may include identifying any physical features of the property, such as trees, buildings, or natural landmarks, as well as any easements or encroachments.

Types: There are several different types of land surveys, each with its own specific purpose. For example, a boundary survey is used to establish property lines, while a topographic survey is used to map the physical features of the land. Other types of surveys include ALTA/NSPS surveys, subdivision surveys, and construction surveys. It is important to select the appropriate type of survey based on the specific needs of your project or property.

Land Surveys Can Be Used For Insurance Purposes

Land surveys can be used for insurance purposes. A land survey can provide valuable information about the physical characteristics of a property, such as the location of buildings, trees, and other features. This information can be used by insurance companies to assess the risk of insuring the property and to determine appropriate coverage and premiums.

For example, if a property is located in a flood zone, a land survey can identify the exact location and elevation of the property, as well as any nearby bodies of water or drainage patterns. This information can be used by insurance companies to assess the risk of flooding and to determine appropriate flood insurance coverage.

Similarly, if a property is located in an area prone to wildfires, a land survey can identify the location of any vegetation, structures, or other features that may increase the risk of fire damage. This information can be used by insurance companies to assess the risk of fire and to determine appropriate coverage and premiums. 

Does a fence help a land survey?

Yes, a fence can help a land survey by providing a physical marker of the property boundary. A land surveyor can use the fence to determine the location of the property line and ensure that the fence is placed within the boundaries of the property. This can be particularly useful in situations where the property line is not clearly defined or where there may be disputes over the location of the boundary.

It is important to note that a fence alone is not sufficient to establish the legal boundary of a property. In order to accurately determine the property line, a land surveyor will need to conduct a thorough survey that considers all available evidence, including property records, physical markers, and other relevant factors. Additionally, it is possible for a fence to be installed in the wrong location, either intentionally or accidentally, which can result in boundary disputes and other legal issues. Therefore, while a fence can be a useful tool in a land survey, it should not be relied on exclusively to determine the property boundary.

Overall, a land survey can provide valuable information for many purposes and can help property owners make informed decisions about insurance coverage and risk management.

Comments(8)

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great post!  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

May 22, 2023 07:14 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

So true about land surveys. Fortunately I have always been able to locate at least one property marker from the original survey which I then post to the MLS or send to the buyer if I must walk the vacant land.

May 22, 2023 07:30 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
May 23, 2023 02:36 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

True, surveys are very useful for both buyers and sellers.

May 27, 2023 12:27 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Lots of good education here, Bob. I had a buyer that had a survey done on a vacant lot that revealed a significant encroachment by the neighbor's fence.

May 27, 2023 01:47 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

In my market, where all of my business has revolved around urban and suburban properties, I have never run into the need for a survey. Could it still happen? We shall see.

May 27, 2023 02:24 PM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Always sharing important content here in the Rain Bob Elliot thanks for second chance opportunity Carol Williams 

Perhaps Bob can help us out participating as presenter for our upcoming zoom call.  This would be a great topic to share.  Your thoughts Bob?😎

May 29, 2023 09:55 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thanks to Carol for sharing your post.  Great information! to understand the different types of surveys involving land.  I did not know the different types! 

May 29, 2023 04:57 PM