You've got a piece of land that you have held onto for a lot of years or happened to inherit an acre or two from a relative and you have decided now is the time to start developing the property with a new home. Before you start getting quotes from contractors and consulting with a home designer, it is best to have the property surveyed first. Even though boundary surveying is thought of as a process that only takes place when land is originally purchased, before you build a home is a good time to do this as well–especially if it has been a while since surveying on the property was completed last. Take a look at these reasons why boundary surveying is an important part of building a home.
You don't want to overstep your property limits.
Almost every piece of land will be surrounded by property that is owned by someone else, whether it is just another residential property owner, the local county or city, or even the federal government. If you start building a home on a piece of property and then later find out that the property lines you assumed to exist are incorrect, you could be facing a lot of problems. If your structure sits on someone else's property, you could be fined or sued, or even worse, forfeiting part of your structure to someone else.
Keep in mind also that property lines themselves are not your only concern. Some properties have stipulations in the deed that will tell you just how close you can build a structure to a certain property line. For example, you may have to build your home five feet from the line to be in accordance with the regulations on the land.
Boundary surveying gives you definitive guidelines for future residential development.
Upon completion of boundary surveying by a professional, you as the landowner will be able to choose how you want your property lines marked for future reference. This is often done with steel pins, wooden posts, or even with trees. Having a good understanding of where your lines are before you build will help you with any future property development. Not only will you have a good visual understanding of how far you can extend your exterior living space, from the garden to the garage and everything in between, you will also be able to anticipate potential issues with property easements due to underground utility lines or other aspects of the property.