A Land Survey Should Be Part Of The House Buying Process

There are plenty of guides to purchasing your home out there, but a pre-purchase land survey isn’t always included as essential. Purchasing a home is an investment, so it is important that the process is not rushed. Along with a pest inspection and building inspection, a land survey is a key step in avoiding major headaches or financial issues down the road. Here’s Why.

What Is A Land Survey Report?

A Land Survey determines the boundary measurements so you know if the features of the land actually lie on the plot of land you are buying. These features include:

  • Trees
  • Buildings
  • Fences
  • Sidewalks
  • Driveways

A land survey will also determine whether neighbouring buildings are encroaching on your land.

The Importance Of Doing A Land Survey Before Purchase

Existing documents can be wrong, so a fresh identification survey and contour survey will provide the most accurate data including recent buildings not shown on previous surveys. Furthermore, a property survey undertaken by a licensed and experienced professional surveyor is highly recommended and can help protect you in future boundary disputes.

In addition, the surveyor will be familiar with local building regulations and zoning issues should you have plans to build on the land in the future. You don’t want to be stuck with a property that you can’t develop or add structures too.

The most important thing to remember when purchasing property is to never rely on someone else’s word. Knowing as much as possible about your property (and having it in writing) puts you in a position of power.

Ready to gain that peace of mind? Leslie & Thompson are ready to help. Give us a call to book your pre-purchase land survey today.