A real property survey report is a legal document that clearly indicates the location of all improvements relative to a property’s boundaries. A real property survey report generally contains an illustration of the physical features of the property and a written report detailing the surveyor’s opinions and concerns.
Real property survey reports protect you as a home owner or a potential home buyer by containing a legal description of the property boundaries. The survey makes the owner or potential buyer aware of any potential boundary disputes. The surveyor can also become an expert witness in court and assumes responsibility for the accuracy of the report. Real property survey reports should be done in conjunction with other title search techniques.
A real property survey report typically includes:
- A legal description of the property including the dimensions and locations of the property boundaries
- The street address
- The location of all buildings relative to the property’s boundaries
- The location of adjacent properties
- The location and description of all improvements
- The type and location of any encumbrances such as easements or covenants
Deeds are very important documents which affect ownership interests and rights in parcels of real property. A real property survey report can minimizing the risk involved in purchasing real estate by legally stating the exact boundaries of the property. A property attorney can help you negotiate and oversee your real property survey report, your title search, and any other necessary steps to protect against future disputes. A real estate attorney can also defend any attacks on the title to your property.