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Why You Should Always Have Your Land Surveyed Before You Start To Build An Addition

by Tara Pena

If you are looking to have an addition built onto your home, no matter how small it might be, you will want to make sure that you are taking the time to explore some land surveys and the options you have with them. This is very important, and you can easily understand why by checking out the following points.

You Can Better Locate Underground Lines

Even if you do not plan to dig out an entire basement under your new addition, you will be doing some digging. Therefore, you need to make sure that you are well aware of where any new or old utility lines are located. Old lines might not be in use, but if they are owned by the town or the utility company, you cannot break them or remove them without permission, and then they would likely want to send their own crews out to do the removal. By having a thorough land survey done, you should have all of the details you need to know in order to determine where you can dig.

You Need A Clear Boundary Line

You might think that you are well aware of where your boundary or property line is. Your neighbor might even agree with you. However, you could have both been given wrong information in the past. It is important to have proof of where the property line is in case there is ever a dispute in the future, such as when a new neighbor moves in, who had their own survey done. 

If they find that you crossed the property line, or you are too close to it according to the rules set forth by your local zoning and codes office, they could cause you a lot of trouble and headaches. You could be forced to remove your addition and either completely relocate it somewhere else on your home or reduce its size. That would surely be an additional expense and inconvenience that you are going to want to avoid at all costs, which can be done by paying for a thorough land survey.

Once you have had your survey done, you will be ready to start looking for a construction contractor that will be able to take your ideas and turn them into a great addition for your home. With your survey in hand, he or she will have all of the details needed in order to ensure that they are completing their work in accordance with the local laws. Contact a company like Bush Roed & Hitchings Inc for more information and assistance. 

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