When you buy property in Pennsylvania, you probably already have plans regarding what you want to do with it. Maybe you want to develop it, or maybe you want to build your dream home or office building. Before you move forward, you will want to make sure that you know everything there is to know about your property.
If you have plans for your land, you want to avoid anything that could cause you to experience financial loss or legal complications. This means finding out if there are issues that stand between you and your goals down the road. One way that you can do this is by having a new survey of your property done before you move forward.
The benefits of a new survey
Sometimes, having a survey of the property done is a requirement of completing a real estate transaction. However, if it has been a while since this was done, you have new plans for land you’ve owned for a while or you inherited land, this can be a beneficial step for you. Some of the reasons why taking this step may prove helpful for you include the following:
- It can help you see if there are any overlaps between your property and the neighbor’s property or any gaps between boundary lines.
- It can allow you to see exactly where the boundary lines to your property are, which is helpful when building new structures or a fence.
- A survey can map out where ponds, rivers, creeks and flood plains are, especially if it’s possible not all of them are visible.
- It can help you see where utilities are, power lines are buried and drains are, which is smart if you plan to build or dig.
These are only a few reasons why a new survey can prove especially useful for land and property owners. Land use and boundary disputes are expensive, as are complications that arise from unexpected site development issues. You may be able to avoid these things by taking this simple step.
Your property rights
You have the right to know everything possible about your property as well as how you can protect your property rights. If you believe there is a problem, you are facing a dispute over your land or there are other concerns that could cost you time or money, you can reach out for help. Speaking with an experienced land use attorney can alleviate some of your fears and explain your legal options.