Building A Custom Home? Understanding The Benefits Of Having A Land Survey

When our family quickly began outgrowing our home, my husband and I couldn't decide whether to add onto our current home or move into a larger one. One day, when we were checking the local area looking for "home for sale" signs, we saw a sign we couldn't take our eyes off -- there was a large plot of land for sale for a great price in a great location. We had never thought of building our own home before, but after a little research, we realized that it wasn't as costly as we thought, especially considering the great deal we got on the land. The entire process was a learning experience, but thankfully, the building team was very pleasant and helpful. We now love our new home, and I am excited to share our experience on our new blog. I also plan to post many planning and construction tips!

Building A Custom Home? Understanding The Benefits Of Having A Land Survey

19 September 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Building a custom home that you will enjoy living in for decades to come involves a lot of preparation before the actual construction begins. In most cases, a land survey is included in these preparations. Unfortunately, not everyone understands the importance of having a land survey completed before beginning a new construction project and may even consider opting out of doing so because of this lack of understanding.

If you are preparing to have a custom home built and are unsure of whether you should order a land survey of the property before beginning the project, the following information will help you better understand why a land survey is beneficial for your situation. 

Establishing visible legal boundaries

One of the most important benefits of having a land survey performed on your property before building your new home is to create visible markers of the legal boundaries of your property. When builders, excavators, inspectors, architects, and contractors are able to clearly understand the boundary lines, there will be far fewer chances of a costly mistake occurring, such as a building a structure or making an improvement that encroaches upon a neighboring property or interferes with an existing easement. 

Confirming the legal description of the property

The legal description of the property is the identifying wording used on both the survey and the deed, as well other important documents that reference the property, such as purchase contracts, mortgages, deeds of trust, and wills. The wording of the legal description defines the dimensions, boundaries, and exact geographical location of the property and is recorded in land records for the county or township where it is located. Additionally, the legal description will also identify any easements or other legal information regarding the property. 

Solving disputes with neighboring landowners

Another function of a land survey is to solve any boundary line or fencing disputes that may be developing between you and a neighboring landowner. This is especially important for landowners who have recently acquired the parcel they plan to build on, only to find that a neighboring landowner is using a portion of the property without your knowledge or permission. 

A land survey performed by a licensed, reputable land survey firm can provide the information needed to prove your ownership claims and reassert your legal rights to your property. 

For more information about land surveys and the benefits they hold for landowners who plan to build a new home, make an appointment soon to discuss your situation with a land survey firm like Bush Roed & Hitchings Inc.