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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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5 Benefits Of Land Surveys For Home Buyers

by Mike Brewer

There are so many things to keep track of when buying a new home, that some tasks are bound to get overlooked. One important but often skipped aspect of buying a new home is having a land survey performed on the property. Here are five great reasons to get a land survey before purchasing a new home:

Discover the Exact Boundary Lines

Land surveys often turn up surprising information concerning boundary lines. Property boundaries do not often follow common sense and you may learn that a section of the property you thought would be yours actually belongs to the neighbors, or vice versa. This becomes very important when it comes to things like planting or cutting down trees (do they belong to you?), building a fence, or adding new construction.

Learn the Accurate Size of Acreage

Real estate listings don't always have totally accurate property size information. A land survey will give you the precise size of the property, which can help you decide if it's the right property for you and your family. If you purchase the property, this information will also be useful in the future, when the time comes for you to decide to sell.

Avoid Future Property Disputes

If you decide to buy the house, the land survey will provide you with protection and peace of mind regarding potential property disputes with neighbors. When that annoying neighbor tries to build a fence in your yard against your will, or wishes to cut down a tree you know actually belongs to you, you will have the paperwork to back up your position. The land survey should be enough to prevent any major property disputes, but if a legal dispute does occur it might help you in court.

Determine the Presence of Utility Lines

While many utility poles and lines are clearly visible, underground or otherwise hidden lines are much trickier. A land survey will let you know if there are underground cables or lines belonging to the local electric or phone company. This is important information to know before you buy a home, because if utility lines run through your property you will be obligated to allow utility workers onto your property from time to time. You may also be limited when it comes to new construction, planting trees, etc., since you won't be allowed to interfere with the utility lines.

As you can see, paying for a land survey offers solid benefits to home buyers and is typically well worth the cost. Contact a surveyor company, such as Burget & Associates Inc, for more information. 

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