As a homeowner, getting a thorough land survey can help you protect your property in many ways. Here are some of the most important items that a land planner can provide you as a homeowner.
General Property Features
Many land surveyors will start out with a general map of the property's assets and land features. Although it may not sound like much at first, a well-documented property map can help to support the value of your home in case you want to sell it later. It may also uncover areas of potential growth and improvement for your property.
Another key deliverable is a map of the utilities in your property's boundaries. This can be helpful in many ways. First, if there is ever any damage to the shared utilities in your neighborhood, you may be responsible for a portion of the damages that lie within your property boundaries. This is especially true if you do housework that interferes with the utilities' functioning. A map of utilities is also key if you want to do any new building on the property; you'll want to keep your crew safe by locating sources of electricity before planning begins.
Flood Elevation Certificates
If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, then a flood elevation certificate will be a big asset to you. It can help you in case you need to get flood insurance; the insurance company will use an elevation certificate to determine the amount of risk in your area and the best premiums they can offer. If you plan to sell your home, then an elevation certificate is also a very helpful tool for doing your due diligence to inform the new homeowners about their flood risk.
Flood elevation certificates can be obtained either as an individual service through a contractor or as part of an entire land survey plan. A new elevation certificate should also be obtained any time you make significant changes to the property that could affect its lowest elevation.
These are only a few of the services that most land surveyors can provide to homeowners. The best thing to do is to sit down with a land surveyor and provide the documents that you already have on the property; they may suggest ways to expand and improve your property documents to uncover new sources of potential and new sources of risk on the property.