It is imperative that you contact a Land Surveyor if you are selling or buying property. You need to know exactly what you are getting down to the square foot. Only a map of the survey made by a licensed land surveyor professional, like Renner & Associates Surveying LLC, can define exactly what you have purchased.
Sale or Purchase of Land
In most cases, your house/home and land will represent your largest assets. Even if you are merely contemplating purchase of property, you should know as much as possible about the piece of land since it is commonly a larger investment. Obtaining a survey could potentially be the single most important thing you do before finalize any land/property purchase. Quite simply: You probably do not know the extent of your property unless you are working with licensed surveyor and they provided you the information about the property. Without the survey, there are too many variables unknown and the risk of losing potentially friendly neighbors and your financial investment are greatly increased.
Knowing boundaries of your land is just a smart thing to do. Small distances in investment properties can make a big differences in the overall value of the property. Simply building a fence can be the source of an expensive litigation and less than good will among neighbors. A licensed land surveyor Renner & Associates Surveying LLC can help you avoid disputes and potential property pitfalls.
You may have to provide your buyer with an up-to-date survey of your property in order to:
- Give your buyer the justification to make the purchase
- Allow the buyer the opportunity to register the transaction at the County Clerk’s office
- Give the buyer the tools to solidify a mortgage
- Verify to your buyer (and yourself) the size and extent of the property
- Avoid legal disputes (either immediate or in the future) arising from inadequate or inaccurate property description
Your surveyor will undertake the necessary research, survey the property and prepare a survey map that will reveal:
- If other parties are entitled to use (or partial use) of your property via easements for utilities or rights-of-way.
- If fencing, trees, buildings/structures, gardens, embankments, driveways, walkways, swimming pools, house additions are on (or off of) the property
- If the deed accurately describes the property
- A form of protection while also clarifying what has been purchased, since a survey will reveal any encroachments or other irregularities that could potentially be the substance of an unfortunate legal dispute.
In addition, your surveyor at Renner & Associates Surveying LLC will precisely mark the exact corners of your site with survey monuments.
Building, Fencing, or Additions
Protecting your investment starts by making sure you are building on you own property. A fence, driveway or carport that has been built on or onto another’s property can create legal problems and unnecessary construction costs. Before you build anything, let Renner & Associates Surveying LLC’s licensed land surveyor determine your property boundaries, and at the very least, replace missing property stakes.
When you have Renner & Associates Surveying LLC ‘s surveyor to mark the location of your building on site before construction begins you will also ensure that you meet setback requirements and other restrictions enforced by the municipality in their zoning laws. Failure to comply with zoning By-Laws can result in the loss of a future sale if the purchasers have an up-to-date, and accurate survey done. Mortgage companies typically do not advance money until zoning law infringements are non-existent.
A licensed professional surveyor will:
- Verify and ensure extent of title, and note planning restrictions, easements and other legalities
- Survey the site to ensure accuracy
- Engage other consultants to carry out preliminary studies, Engineering, Planning & Environmental issues to submit with draft plan Draft a proposed subdivision plan
- Prepare final plans
Refinancing or Obtaining a Mortgage
A mortgage company usually requires a survey prior to lending money.
Why is this a necessity and why are you often asked for an up-to-date survey?
Do the lot size, building set backs, pool and fence locations meet with local Zoning Laws?
The mortgage company will almost always require a land survey because they want to protect their investment. Mortgage companies want to be sure that the land and buildings they are lending money for are as described in the documents included in the transaction. They also wish to know that if they have to foreclose there will be no issues when they re-sell the property.
Per Missouri & Kansas State law, only surveys made by licensed and registered Land Surveyors are legal. Only registered Land Surveyors have completed the academic requirements and practical training before licensing. Only registered Land Surveyors are required to maintain the necessary theoretical, practical and ethical standards set by legislation.
In cases of dispute, your surveyor is an expert witness in court and assumes full professional responsibility for the accuracy of your survey. The cost of the survey as a percentage of your total investment is small and a reasonable price to pay for peace of mind.
What Will It Cost?
Depending on the nature and extent of the work, anywhere from a couple hundred to several thousand dollars. Fees for surveys are determined on an individual basis, depending mainly on the amount of time required for the research and the survey. Prior to engaging your surveyor, you may wish to inquire of the likely estimate of the fees that the survey will entail, along with the expected completion date.