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To Survey or not to Survey?

By Chad Garteski

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Ask the Expert

A very common question I hear from both sellers and buyers of land is whether or not they should have a survey? The quick and easy answer is yes. However, there are a number of things that should be considered before ordering the survey because in most people’s opinion a survey is not cheap. In most cases it is wise to have a survey certificate in hand before closing for land that is being bought or sold. Not every property has a clearly defined boundary and it is common for fence lines to vary from the survey lines. In some cases even if one has the survey certificate it is a good idea to have a surveyor identify the actual points with flagging and add some visible monuments in key areas. If you are looking at dividing a parcel or creating a new parcel check with the local zoning authority first to make sure what you are considering doing meets codes. The other thing to keep in mind when dividing or creating a new parcel to be bought or sold is to make sure both the buyer and the seller are agreeable to the proposed corners and boundaries prior to the survey being completed. If there needs to be a modification after the fact, it will typically cost you for another trip to the field by the surveyor. There are a number of reputable surveyors throughout southeastern MN. Like any other service their availability can vary depending upon their workload at the time. It is always a good idea to call several different surveyors for availability, price and opinions on how to approach a various job.

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