First Time Homebuyers and Land Surveys


The process of purchasing your very first home can be quite overwhelming. There are so many things to consider. Many times, homebuyers forget to include obtaining a current and accurate survey to their checklist.  

Just as you get an inspection of your home, you want to do the same for your property. A land survey ensures that you know exactly what you are getting so that you avoid any surprises.

What is a land survey?

A land survey is legal documentation that displays the property boundary lines which show the location of a house and other structures. This clarifies the exact size of the property and each of its boundary lines. Land surveys need to be updated and accurate as municipal laws change with time. A current survey will allow you to rest assured that you are aware of the local regulations, you know your boundaries, and you can avoid any hiccups in the future that might take place.

Why should you get a land survey for your home?

Land surveys are important for several reasons. Here are 2 reasons to make sure that you have a proper survey before purchasing a home:  

1. Determine Property Boundaries

It is extremely important to understand the boundary lines of your property. To add on to the house in any way, whether it be a room, a fence, or even a pool, you’ll need to know what these are in order to do so properly.

Boundary lines allow you, and your neighbors, to know where your individual property begins and ends. You’ll want to have an accurate understanding of what these are before you purchase a home or make any extension plans.  

2. Resolve Neighbor Disputes

Encroachment typically happens because owners are unaware of the boundary lines of their property. A fence will cross over boundary lines or a neighbor might try to add a shed on land that they believe is theirs. When encroachment happens it’s important to have a survey that legally determines whether an extension of the house, driveway, or fence is placed crossing the property lines to avoid unnecessary conflict. If you have this legal documentation, there is no arguing what is and isn’t yours.

To avoid events of encroachment altogether, start by obtaining a land property survey to help navigate these issues.

When all is said and done, make sure that you keep all of the paperwork that outlines your legal property lines from your land surveyor. The survey will help you through any issues that might arise in the future. Since it lists the exact dimensions of the property, it completely removes the guesswork. Removing the difficulties of knowing what is and is not yours will help you to avoid any conflict in the future that might arise.

No new home buyer wants to purchase a house with one idea of what they will be able to do with it, only to find out that what they thought was theirs actually wasn’t. You can avoid this headache by contacting a local land surveyor. Give us a call today and we can help!