Parcels of land are commonly handed down through generations as family members pass away, so it is not at all uncommon to inherit a piece of land from a relative that you really don't know anything about. If you find yourself in this position, it is a really good idea to have the piece of land surveyed when you take ownership and put your name on the deed. When it comes to real estate property, it is best if you know the details of where your property lines are so you don't make any mistakes going forward. Here is a look at some of the surprising things people tend to find when they have an inherited piece of land surveyed.
The property borders are not where they expected them to be.
A piece of land is commonly separated off from surrounding land with fences or makeshift property markers of some sort. These owner-installed borders are often in completely wrong places according to the actual deed to the property. Therefore, a lot of people who inherit a piece of land that has not been surveyed for a lot of years will find out that their property is either smaller or larger than they thought.
There are right-of-ways on the property that were unexpected.
If there is a conjoining property that had an owner that had certain access needs to their own property at one point in time or another, it is possible that your property includes a right of way that makes it legal for the neighboring property owner to use your land to access their own. Because access point needs change with road and highway development, it is not uncommon for these right of ways to be completely forgotten. When you have your land surveyed for the first time, don't be surprised if the surveyor informs you that there is an existing right of way you knew nothing about.
The property has a wealth of natural water sources underground.
One of the most useful things a land surveyor can tell you is how much access there is the property to natural groundwater. Because groundwater can be hidden out of sight, sonar technology and surveying tools are oftentimes the only way to track down sources. Finding out that you have a healthy supply of groundwater on a piece of land is useful information because you may want to install a well later on.
For more information, contact a company like Bush Roed & Hitchings Inc.