When you're buying any type of property, or if you've owned certain property for many years, it can be good to get a land survey done. There are many things that can be revealed about your property in such a survey, and this includes actual boundaries and the real size of a parcel of land. In turn, you may pay fewer property taxes if it's determined that a property is not as large as you thought, or you may decide that a potential purchase is not the best one for you. Whether you're buying or are already a landowner, note what a survey can tell you about a property and why this report can be beneficial for you.
Chances are, no one likes to think of having their home built over a cemetery, but it is possible that a previously existing cemetery was cleared and the land then developed for other purposes. A land survey can include a title search to determine if a cemetery company owned the land at one time, and it can also survey the land to note signs of a previous cemetery. This can help you decide if this parcel of land is the right purchase for you.
Many residential properties adjoin one another, so you know that your property line stops where your neighbour's property begins. However, there can be gaps between properties; this gap might be an abandoned road, an alley, and other such features. A survey can tell you who has rights and access to those gaps so you know if they're on your property line, on your neighbour's property line or owned by the city or other municipality.
Adjoining property lines
When residential properties do adjoin one another, you may be surprised to learn that you have an obligation to maintain your property a certain way, so that it doesn't affect the neighbouring property. Your neighbour will also have the same obligation. A property survey can note what parts of your property adjoin or if there is an overhang, projection, wall, or other such feature that needs to be maintained by both neighbours.
A land survey can note if any improvements to a property are in violation of the law or of local building codes or if they would create a new encroachment on your property or your neighbour's property. This can include the planting of mature trees that may hang over a property line, the erection of a fence and so on.
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