For those of you who own a house, have may want to know how to read a land survey. Although you are not required to do so, it would be interesting to know the facts about the land where your house is settling on. Some people feel that reading a land survey is a confusing process due to all the small fonts, symbols and signs on the survey. Nevertheless, you should be able to read a land survey without trouble by simply following the instructions below.
To read a land survey, you will need:
- Land survey of your house
- Land transfer document (legal paperwork)
- Title insurance commitment (legal paperwork)
- Title and Surveyor's certification
- Magnifying glass
- Review your legal paperwork. The first step to read your land survey is to have a basic knowledge on your land transfer document along with your title insurance commitment. Your land's description and the other third party rights that are written on these legal paperwork should be corresponded to the details on your land survey. These third party rights include any encroachments or utility easements when necessary. In other words, these terms explain the third party limited access and the use of land.
- Examine your land survey. Once you have reviewed your legal paperwork, now you can take out your land survey. Before getting started, get the survey type from the title and surveyor's certification. The survey type can give you a much better idea on the information you are looking for. Now, take a look at the survey legend where all the symbols on the land survey will be indicated as follows: contours, streets, vegetation, utility facilities, corners, etc. Next, check out the surveyor's scale where you will see the survey map distance versus the actual distance. You can determine the actual distances by using a ruler. Let's focus on the surrounding land such as the utilities, easements and improvements. All these items are related to your land's legal rights. Lastly, figure out if your land is a subdivision lot or not. If so, you can see a lot number in the subdivision name. the metes and bounds will be shown as your land is described by the beginning point of its distances and angles. In order to read a land survey accurately, have a magnifying glass handy for better viewing of all the small fonts.
Be glad that you are able to read a land survey successfully. The good news is that now the land of your house is no longer a stranger to you. In the future to come, you can teach your friends and family to read a land survey if they are going to buy a house.