You don’t need to be a longtime homeowner to know there are county rules and regulations to follow. And while these rules are in place for the property owner’s benefit, unfortunately, new and seasoned property owners alike may not be aware of the legal issues that can arise, such as neighbor disputes over boundary lines and violations with existing improvements. The good news is that you can hire a professional to survey land or a house prior to purchase, or if you end up needing an expert to settle issues with specific property features to avoid bigger problems.
Let’s review some of the top reasons a homeowner may decide to seek residential land surveying in Idaho from a qualified professional:
- To determine boundary lines: When you buy a new home or plot of land, you trust that the property lines are right where the realtor says they are—which is based on the information they get from county records—or more commonly, you assume the lines are where the fences stand. Everything seems fine until a neighbor claims that your fence, driveway or room addition edges over the property line. A land surveyor can determine land ownership before a new build or purchase.
- To identify underground cables and items: It’s easy enough to know where aboveground cables, wires, pipes and power lines are located. But it’s not so easy to identify these items if they’re underground. The most important reason for you to know where these items are located is to prevent problems during an excavation or home improvement project.
- For code certification: Professional residential land surveying in Idaho can certify that all buildings, structures, repairs to a property and other existing improvements are not in violation of local laws. There are parameters regarding size, height, dimension, bulk, access to parking and more. If a problem or violation is spotted, then the property owner is required to fix it.
- To locate old cemeteries: Here’s a property feature you may never have considered: a cemetery in your backyard. Back in the day, families opted to choose an area on their property where they would bury their loved ones. A land survey can determine the exact location of an old family cemetery on your plot of land so you can deal with things accordingly.
- To detect discrepancy early: Boundary and property line discrepancies can be with your neighbors or with the county—in other words, anywhere your land adjoins with someone else’s property. A survey can detect any overlaps or gaps between the boundaries of neighbors, roads, streets, alleys and even highways. Take the initiative by hiring a pro to identify discrepancies before you get into a legal dispute.
If you are a homeowner or commercial property owner in need of professional civil engineering, surveying or land planning services, look no further than the experienced team at Mason & Stanfield, Inc. We are your go-to company for thorough residential land surveying in Idaho. Contact us today to arrange an appointment to learn more!