Typically your house and land represent your largest assets. You need to know what you're purchasing. Obtaining a survey may be the most important action you do before you close the deal on any purchase. Only a survey map made by a licensed land surveyor can depict what you are purchasing. Your surveyor will perform research, survey the property and prepare a survey map that will reveal:
If there are rights of others to use your property through easements for utilities or rights-of-way.
The location of improvements such as buildings, fences, driveways, walkways, and swimming pools.
Potential encroachments that may cause disputes, such as a fence or driveway of a neighboring property.
Whether or not the legal description correctly describes the property.
It is essential that you know the boundaries of your land before you buy it. A survey explains your purchase by revealing encroachments or other irregularities that might lead to future legal disputes. You may elect to have your surveyor mark the corners of your site with survey monuments or prepare a FEMA Elevation Certificate.