Do I need a survey?
Only an updated survey performed by a licensed land surveyor can answer questions about utility easements, encroaching structures, and where exactly your property line is. In many cases the cost of the survey will be 1 or 2% of the purchase price, and can help you avoid future litigation. Avoid potential issues by requiring a survey prior to your proposed purchase.
How much do surveys cost?
The cost of your survey will depend on several factors.
What is a land surveyor?
A Land Surveyor is a person licensed by the State Department of Education to practice the profession of Land Surveying. Land Surveyors measure and map the surface of the earth. Only Licensed Land Surveyors are allowed by law to make boundary line determinations.
How do surveyors determine where the property line is?
A Licensed Land Surveyor is trained to examine your deed as well as the deeds of neighboring property owners to determine the location of the property line. Property transfers can have errors in the deed descriptions, which can create conflicts in the boundaries. It is the land surveyor’s job to read the deeds and determine if any conflicts exist. If they do, the land surveyor will examine older deeds and determine the correct location of the line.