The search is finally over. After reviewing dozens of potential home sites to build your new luxury home, you’ve finally found the one that’s right for you. Before you make the final decision to purchase it, don’t forget to commission a property survey. Even if the current owner has one on record, here are six reasons why it’s worth getting an updated one.
Number 1: Property Boundary Lines
Property lines between home sites aren’t always as clearly marked as you might thank. Commissioning a professional surveyor to find out exactly where the property line is, will mean no costly delays or rebuilds after the fact. You can erect a fence or pave a driveway with confidence that you are safely on your property.
Number 2: Overlaps and Gaps
It’s not uncommon for there to be a discrepancy between the boundary lines of two adjacent properties. This is particularly common in neighborhoods where properties are built tightly together, only separated by alleyways or streets. A boundary line certification will give you a clear answer on where your property starts and the adjacent property stops.
Number 3: Rights-of-Way
Some properties come with certain conditions or existing agreements that automatically transfer to a new buyer. For example, if you’re home blocks your neighbor’s direct access to your street, there could be an existing agreement that gives them the right to walk across your lawn or drive through part of your driveway to reach it. A survey will show you if any such agreements exist.
Number 4: Existing Improvements
If you are planning on remodeling an existing home, it’s important to know if there were any improvements previously made (like an added room) as well as if those improvements had been made lawfully. A surveyor can tell you if those add-ons violate a local ordinance or other law.
Number 5: Utility location
Not all plots have the same access to utilities like power, water, sewer, and fiber optic cable. Knowing what services pass through your property will tell you if there will be any extra infrastructure costs that will have to be added to your build.
Number 6: Zoning Classification
Odds are, if you are building a multi-family home, you already know your property is zoned for residential use. That said, it’s not uncommon that your zoning classification could have certain restrictions attached to it. A survey will let you know what the zoning classification of your property is and what those restrictions are, if any.