The residential survey process is one that is often overlooked by landowners. However, a well-executed survey can help to protect your property rights and ensure a successful transaction when you sell or purchase residential property.
Here are 12 tips for making your residential survey process successful:
1. Confirm that you actually need a survey.
Not all properties require a survey. In some cases, a Title Report or Real Estate Tax Assessment may be sufficient. Only properties that are subject to certain restrictions, such as setback requirements or easements, will require a survey.
2. Hire a qualified surveyor.
Not all surveyors are the same. Make sure to hire a surveyor who is licensed and insured in your state. Ask for referrals from friends or family members, or check with the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) to find a qualified residential surveyor in Utah or other states.
3. Review the surveyor’s scope of work.
Before hiring a surveyor, be sure to review their scope of work. This will help you to determine whether they are qualified to perform the type of survey you need.
4. Get a written estimate.
Make sure to get a written estimate from the surveyor before starting the project. This will help you to avoid any unexpected costs later on.
5. Provide the surveyor with accurate information.
Be sure to provide the surveyor with accurate information, including property boundaries, legal descriptions, and any relevant documents such as easements or building permits.
6. Cooperate with the surveyor.
The surveyor will need access to the property in order to complete the survey. Be sure to cooperate with them and provide any necessary permissions.
7. Pay attention to the survey results.
Once the survey is completed, be sure to review the results carefully. Make sure that the surveyor has accurately identified all property boundaries and any restrictions that may apply.
8. Take care of the survey results.
Once you have reviewed the survey results, make sure to keep a copy for your records. You may need to refer to them later on if there is a dispute about the property boundaries.
9. Follow the surveyor’s recommendations.
If the surveyor identifies any potential problems with the property, be sure to follow their recommendations for fixing them. This may include hiring a civil engineer or land surveyor to resolve the issues.
10. Have a plan in place for future surveys.
If you expect to sell or purchase additional property in the future, plan ahead and budget for a future survey. This will help to ensure that the process goes smoothly and without any delays.
11. Stay informed about survey changes.
The residential survey process is constantly evolving. Be sure to stay informed about any changes in the law or regulations that may affect your property.
12. Contact a qualified attorney if you have any questions.
If you have any questions about the survey process or the results, be sure to contact a qualified attorney for advice.
Surveying can seem like a daunting task, but following these tips can help make the process go more smoothly. By taking care of the details and cooperating with the surveyor, you can ensure a successful residential survey.