Think About Getting A Land Surveyor When Buying A Property

Posted on: 11 April 2018

If you are looking at buying a piece of property out in the country, you may want to consider having a land surveyor come in and look at the property that you are buying before you completely finalize the sale. That way you know exactly what you are getting before you are finished. How does the surveyor work and what are some benefits of having a land survey done?

How It Works

Getting a survey done is a multi-step process. The surveyor is going to do several things so that they are sure that they have all the correct boundaries and information to share with you. First of all, they are going to look at previous deeds and land grants. That way they will see where the property lines were on all that paperwork. They will also look at the current information that the seller has, and see if the lines match up. Then the surveyor is going to walk the property.

They may have someone with them so that the measurements can be used using a theodolite. The surveyor may also use a GPS unit to find and mark the property. They will mark the corners of the property, generally using some kind of marker like a post with a little ribbon on it. Once all that has been done, the surveyor will give you a report on everything, and you should have the most accurate information as to where your property lines are as well as any rights-of-way or easements. 


There are a lot of benefits to having a survey done before you finalize a sale. One is that you know that there aren't going to be any complications when it comes to dealing with neighbors or such since you will have proof of exactly where your property lines are. Another is that it can help you when you are planning your driveway or an access road since you will know where your property is. You will be able to plan to have those things set up so that they aren't close to where your property lines are so that they won't bother your neighbors. 

If you are getting ready buy a property out in the country, you want to make sure that you have a surveyor come out and survey the property for you so that you know exactly what you are getting when you finalize the sale.