Getting Ready To Build Your New Home? 4 Things A Land Survey Can Identify For You

If you're in the process of building a home, don't make the mistake of building before you invest in a mortgage survey. Even if your lender isn't going to require a survey, you still don't want to proceed without one. A thorough land survey will clear up details that could come back to cause problems later on, some of which could bring your construction project to a grinding halt. Here are four important reasons why you need to have that land survey before you begin construction on your new home.

Identify Burial Grounds

When you purchase bare property, you have no idea what's hidden below the surface. You could even have an ancient burial ground on your property. If you don't have your land surveyed, you might not find that out until you're well into the construction process. However, with a land survey, those hidden burial grounds will be easily identifiable.

Identify Underground Utilities

You might not realize this, but when you buy property, you enter into an agreement to allow utility companies access. Most of the utilities will be visible, such as the power poles and the utility boxes. However, the underground utilities won't be so easy to identify. That's where the land survey comes in. Your surveyor will be able to identify and mark where all the underground utilities are, which will come in handy when your contractor begins building your new home.

Identify Legality of Existing Improvements

If you're going to be building your home on property that already has some existing improvements, you'll need to know if those improvements were done legally. For instance, any existing improvements will need to be in compliance with current zoning laws regarding height, distance from the street, access to easement, and available parking. Your land surveyor will be able to determine if those improvements are in compliance before you begin building your new home.

Identify Driveway Requirements

If the property next to yours is already improved, and there's already a home there, you'll need to identify the driveway requirements, especially if both driveways are going to share the same basic location. Your land survey will determine if you're legally required to share in the responsibility of driveway upkeep with your neighbor, as is often the case when driveways are right next to each other.

Now that you're ready to build your new home, make sure you know everything you can about the land that you're building on. Have your land surveyed before you begin building.