What is a Survey?

A survey confirms the boundary lines and legal description of real property. The document will show all lines and edges of the property line, including geological features, improvements to the property, and any existing agreements that allows others access to your property. These agreements would be called easements, this is an agreement that allows someone else to use your property for a variety of reasons, this does not however give them ownership interest in your property. A common example of this could be a shared driveway. Your neighbor that your share a driveway with will have an easement to access that section of your property so they can access theirs. 

Are they necessary? & Why would I need one?

Well, this will vary depending on your situation. If you are buying a new construction, the builder should provide you with a copy. Here is a solid example where it would be smart to acquire: If you are buying a property with the intention of adding a major addition, or adding a pool– it is crucial to get a survey. This will ensure you are not encroaching on someone else property, able to construct what you desire within the allowed setback limits, or trying to build a pool in a flood zone. 

Watch this video to hear an explanation of why or why not you 

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