Essentially, surveying means measuring and mapping a piece of land, including elevations, angles, boundaries, and features. Land surveyors use sophisticated equipment to capture high-quality images for supporting their reports. But why are these surveys necessary, and what do they have to do with building a log home? Below, Sierra Log & Timber explains the benefits of surveys, the different types, and more.
Benefits of Land Surveys
Let’s start with some of the primary advantages of surveys to home buyers:
Types of Land Surveys
There are many different types of surveys performed, but here are some of the most common in the home construction process:
- Mortgage lenders, banks, and companies typically request mortgage surveys (title surveys) to locate every property detail and confirm local building codes and zoning laws.
- Site planning surveys are conducted to map out boundaries and topography before construction begins.
Surveyors perform boundary surveys to comply with state laws and confirm a property’s boundary lines and corners.
When to Get a Land Survey
Typically, you should get a land survey before constructing a new home.
- A survey will map out the precise boundaries of your property, as well as the potential restrictions.
- The information from your survey can provide you with valuable information to use in negotiations.
- It’s best to have a survey completed immediately following your initial offer so that you can save time in a competitive market.
While land surveyors perform many different types of surveys, the ones described above are the most commonly seen by people building homes. If you’re planning to construct a log home, you will need to understand the general purposes of land surveys. Consider the information above, and keep learning about what you should expect in the months ahead!