If you own property in Florida, you understand how important it is to protect the value of what you own. Land in the state tends to be quite valuable, and whether it was an inherited piece of land or you purchased it, it's smart to know everything you can know about your asset. One way you can do this is by having a survey of your property done.
Real estate disputes often arise out of issues related to how much the land is worth, how the owner wants to use the land or where boundary lines lie. These disputes and other issues can ultimately impact how you use your land or what you may be able to get if you sell your land. A survey is a smart way to get the information you need to protect your property value.
What's really on your land?
Even if you have had your property for a long time, that does not necessarily mean that you know everything there is to know about your land. There may be a few surprises that can actually cause complications if you want to sell, build on the land or develop it for a specific purpose. Some of the things you can learn about your property through a survey include:
- The existence of easements on your land, if there are any abandoned roads and if there is a right-of-way on your property
- The exact location of boundary lines, property overlaps or gaps between properties
- Whether there are utility easements or utility lines buried on your land
- If there is a burial ground located on your land
- Where there may be ponds, wells, creeks or hidden bodies of water on your property
A survey is especially useful for situations in which there is a question about how much the property is worth -- an important factor if you want to sell. A survey can also be beneficial if you want to build a fence, erect a storage structure or simply know where your property ends and your neighbor's begins.
An evaluation of your case can help you understand the specific ways you can protect your property and seek a beneficial resolution to your property concerns. If involved in a dispute, you will find it helpful to seek guidance as soon as possible so you can understand your rights and legal options.