I have clients who are in the planning stages for building their new house. I have helped them meet builders and look at various residential lots and wrote up an offer for them on a vacant lot. On our offer, we made sure to include that we wanted the property lines verified by the survey company. And it's a good thing we did!!
The buyers were at the lot today to observe where the builder had staked out for the house and driveway and the neighbor who has a house on the lot next door came out to tell them that the property line flags "could not possibly be right". Our lot line markers show that they have about 6 trees planted too far over and are on what is my buyers vacant lot.
Of course, these neighbors did not purchase their lot using a realtor or purchase it directly from the developer (who is a realtor). They purchased it privately from a seller who verbally told them "The Lot Lines are Right About Here"! So they went ahead and had the lawn and trees put in according to what they thought was their property. Needless to say, my buyers will have the survey on their side and are the rightful owners of this approximately 3ft strip of land. The next door neighbors will unfortuntely have to be told that their lines were misrepresented. What a shame and it could have been avoided!
My point is that even the smallest transaction can benefit from the knowledge and advice of a licensed realtor. Please buyers!! Protect yourself now and in the future by having an experienced realtor work with you on your next land purchase.