Buying a Property? Here’s Why You Need to Have Your Land Surveyed

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One of the most popular poets in history is Robert Frost, and rightly so. After all, he’s the one who wrote the now famous proverb, “Good fences make good neighbors.” It’s a saying that instills the importance of not trespassing upon another’s property or privacy.

Unfortunately, boundary disputes still happen. Sometimes, deed descriptions of your property are inaccurate, causing either you encroaching on your neighbor’s land or vice versa. In Utah laws, this is a form of trespassing.

Apart from the possibility of ruining your relationship with your neighbor, disputes regarding property lines may have legal ramifications for you. If you bought a property recently or are thinking of doing major construction, you might want to consider having your land surveyed, especially for the following reasons:

Determining Your Boundary Lines

According to Diamond Land Surveying, a Utah-based land surveying company, having your land surveyed helps you determine your boundary lines and legal property corners.

The location of boundary lines is vital information you need before building a fence or constructing a new building in your property. Before doing any of these things, you want to make sure that you’re building on your land, not your neighbor’s.

Allowing Easements

You might not be aware that your property blocks your neighbor’s access to the road. A land survey reveals this information. If you’re in this situation, your neighbors might use a part of your land to get where they need to. They have the right to do so because of an easement.

Easements give your neighbors the right to use your property without actually owning it. Usually, this means they can cross a portion of your land to get where they need to as part of their right of way. Other easements address the right to transmit electricity and telecommunications and the right to drain water and sewage.

Maintenance of Shared Driveway

Speaking of easements, the neighbor sharing your driveway or a part of your land through an easement has the responsibility of properly maintaining that part of your property. This is called the right to support.

Basically, it means that your neighbor with the easement must maintain that part of your property that they’re using. If that piece of your land caves in, for instance, your neighbor will face strict liability.

Understanding Zoning Classifications

There are certain regulations for the use and development of land properties and real estate, the most common of which is zoning. Municipalities use zoning regulations and restrictions to control and direct the development of properties within their borders. This way, municipalities can be divided into residential, commercial, and industrial zones.

A land survey determines what your plot of land is used for based on the municipality’s zoning classification. Once you have this knowledge from your survey, you need to make sure you’re using your property according to zoning ordinances.

Sometimes, legal issues and disputes between neighbors are a result of a simple misunderstanding. Arm yourself with the knowledge of where your property begins and ends by having your land surveyed. This way, you can avoid these problems, build good fences, and become a good neighbor.