Understanding land surveys
What’s a land surveyEssentially, the land survey is a drawing that shows where a property’s boundaries are. In addition, a survey will show the dimensions and location of any building as well as other site modifications on the property.
There are different means of surveying the land, all of which are based on the shape and size of the property itself, as well as the legal services available.
When a survey is neededA lot of the time, many people find that legal descriptions aren’t enough to determine the boundary lines on a property. So, a land surveyor can help to meet the requirements that will help you to improve or purchase a piece of real estate – or just locate your property boundaries in a location that you prefer.
Some prominent reasons for a land survey include:
You will find that a lot of older real estate descriptions reference landmarks and monuments that aren’t on the property anymore. So, a boundary surveyor will be able to provide new measurements and make boundary lines more accurate – and visible.
Some important types of surveys include:
ALTA surveyThe ALTA (American Land Title Association) survey is always done when you purchase a property. The title company will need the ALTA survey before the title insurance is issued. Also, an ALTA survey can be referred to as a mortgage survey.
Boundary surveyThis is perhaps the most popular type of survey. Boundary surveyors will be able to show the exact location of a property on a piece of land.
The boundary survey can also be used to settle legal disputes and locate easements for personal reference.
Location surveyThis is quite similar to the boundary survey. However, it takes site modifications into account as well.
The location survey will show the location and size of the modification, as well as the distance requirements between such an improvement and the property lines. These surveys are usually sued for zoning permits
Subdivision surveyA subdivision survey can help divide a parcel of land into several lots. It will help to create a subdivision plat, and you will need it to fill a land record with the recorder’s office.
Site planning surveyThis form of survey is used to plan the development of any site modifications. Here, things like the building itself and any planned improvement are drawn on the boundary survey. These surveys are usually used to make building permit applications.
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