Who needs a Land Survey?
Good question. Here are a few good answers:
How do I select a competent Land Surveyor?
- If you are buying, or even considering buying, a new piece of property. You will want to make sure that you are getting what you think you are getting, description-wise, acreage-wise, and without potential concerns such as encroachments, easements and such. Most lenders will require a survey anyway.
- If you are selling property, for many of the same reasons as if buying. Also, buyers may be more interested in your property if you give them the confidence that a proper survey has been performed.
- If you are improving your property. You may need to have a required setback line determined in order to be in compliance with local building regulations (construction stake-out). If you don't know where your property line is located, how can you know where the setback is?
- Property line disputes (fences, etc).
- Acreage confirmation.
- Subdivision of property.
- Suspicion of encroachments (improvements, fences, etc) by others from adjacent lands.
Another good question. More good answers:
- Contact several local surveying firms for cost and timeline estimates. Have your deed ready (a copy is usually available from your County Property Appraiser's website) along with old surveys or other documents you may have, and be prepared to explain why you think you need a survey.
- Compare the estimates. Good surveying firms will usually want to do their research before providing a responsible bid.
- Select your surveyor wisely. The lowest bid is not necessarily the best. Carefully compare written contracts (scope of services). In most cases, you will get what you pay for.
- When the job is complete, you should receive signed/sealed copies of the survey and a digital file (in some cases).