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Why You Need a Survey


Why You Need a Survey

Cheree Miller
Dec 3 3 minutes read

Sky Freeman met with David Garza today to talk about surveys. David is from Barrett and Associates, a local survey company who has serviced our clients very well over the last several years. 

We wanted David to explain why getting a survey is so important when you're purchasing a property -- Even when the current owner can show you where the lines are. You can't actually see the property lines unless the pins are there. When you have a survey done, you receive a document that shows the property lines, improvements and any encroachments that affect the property and how close they are to the house.

Later, you can use that document in order to get a permit for fencing, a pool, or other improvements you want to make. You can draw what you need on the survey and take it to the building officials to get your permit. A survey leaves not doubt as to where your boundaries are.

It also puts the neighbors on notice. When they see that flag, and question about the boundary will be brought to light. If there is a problem, you want to know that upfront, not five years later then you're trying to sell the house and it gets held up at closing because of a boundary issue. 

It's a lot easier to handle at the beginning while you still have options on the table of resolving the issue or even walking away from the purchase if you can't reach a resolution.  

You may think you don't need a survey because you an see the survey stakes. But that may not protect you. David explains a fairly common situation in rural areas where T-posts are set for the corners. Often times a farmer, or especially along the right of way, the County may accidentally knock out the T-posts while m-owing. We have seen cases where the posts were put back in the ground where they "thought" they had been, only to discover later that they were put back in the wrong location! By getting a survey or re-survey of the property, that will show up. 

What if you don't get this corrected? You could build a new fence on the wrong line. Then, when the owner of the adjoining property gets a survey and the discrepancy is found, you will have to move your new fence. We have even had a situation where a trailer was set across the property line and the buyers had to walk away from the purchase! 

A survey can save you a lot of money in the long run. Typically, a survey costs a few hundred dollars. But when you are spending $100,000 or $200,000, it's a small price to pay to avoid headaches and a lot more money down the the line. 

If you have questions about getting a survey on your current property or property you would like to purchase, David with Barrett and Associates would be glad to help you. You can reach him at: (479) 968-5005

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