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Land Surveying, Real Estate, and You

Hazel Digital Media Admin - Tuesday, December 02, 2014

If you find yourself amidst the challenging, yet greatly satisfying endeavor of home-ownership, we congratulate you. We know you've got a hundred things to think about as you inch toward the finish line. However, we'd like to take a moment to explain the huge importance of conducting a land survey before purchasing property. 

There's a good chance the property you're about to purchase has been altered a fair bit since the last land survey was conducted on it. A lot of times, this includes swimming pools, fences, and additions to the house, like garages or extra bedrooms. If this is the case, you may later find that there is some discrepancy in what you own and what you think you own. Conducting an initial land survey gives you a thorough and precise understanding of exactly what belongs to you.

Conducting a land survey for your potential home is a rather hassle-free process, and can usually be completed in a short amount of time, depending on the property. The process begins with in-depth research: a land surveyor will absorb all available data on a given property. Next, the surveyor will analyze those documents, and compare them to the actual property. In the end, you'll receive a very accurate graphical representation of everything that will belong to you, including a full overhead vantage.

This is a critical step in the process of home-ownership for a number of reasons. The first is that it can protect you from litigation down the road. If you find yourself wanting to make additions to the property (fences, decks, etc.), you could easily wind up in a property dispute with your neighbor. Conducting a survey now will keep you from alienating or encroaching on adjacent properties.

Furthermore, making additions to a property can sometimes violate certain zoning restrictions that may be enforced in your area. Accidentally violating these can sometimes cause an unfortunate legal hassle for you. And finally, if you plan on mortgaging your new home, a lot of companies will require that you complete a land survey before giving out loans.

Here at Surveying Consultants, our goal is to educate citizens, not just in the South Carolina Lowcountry, but all over, as to the ease and importance of land surveying. With the help of a professional, the process can be easy, inexpensive, and pretty fun. Many consider buying property to be the most important purchase you'll ever make. We want to help you understand exactly what you're getting for your money. For more information on our process, please feel free to call or contact us today.

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