IS A PLOT PLAN AND A SURVEY THE SAME?

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Nope.  They are both done by a surveyor.  A plot plan shows the lender where your house is located on the land.  It shows if there are any zoning violations.  Older homes were built before there was zoning.  They are too close to the side yard or the front yard.  They are "grandfathered".  Plot plans in my area cost around $250.00

Surveys are much more expensive.  They run into thousands of dollars depending upon the size of the lot.  Surveys are done for the purpose of "pinning" the boundaries.  If it is a rectangular lot then the four boundaries have pins installed.  I have a 76.6 acre parcel of land for sale.  It has never been surveyed.  Potential buyers are made aware that I have no idea where the boundaries are located.  I have the assessor's map which is not to be used for conveyance purposes.

Surveys and plot plans are similar but very different.

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Brian Schulman
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Conrad, thanks for the useful definitions of the differences.

Lenn, thanks for the recertification tip!

May 17, 2012 06:03 AM #17
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Always get the cost up front Clint.

For sure Michael.

Thanks Lisa.  Have a great day.

Your welcome Brain.

May 17, 2012 06:14 AM #18
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meaningful business post that ups the real estate practice bar...thank you

May 17, 2012 06:18 AM #19
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Eileen Hsu
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I agree that this is great information, I'm sure the misconception of the two types of boundary designations can sound similar to the novice, but they will have very different impacts if you purchase.

May 17, 2012 06:43 AM #20
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Mike Cooper
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Good info, Conrad.  I like Lenn's idea of re-certifying previous surveys. I have one right now that needs to be done.  Good options.

May 17, 2012 06:46 AM #21
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Marie Story
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Very good to know; thanks for sharing!

May 17, 2012 06:47 AM #22
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Anthony Daniels
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Before getting a survey done, ensure you have all expectations in writing, else you might end up with some knucklehead that provides nothing mmore than excuses for his ineptitude.

Good post.

May 17, 2012 06:57 AM #23
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Thanks for the post. Congratulations on the feature. I will share it with others.

May 17, 2012 06:58 AM #24
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Morgan Evans
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I could see the importance of really getting to the bottom of the differences of measuring the land when you are purchasing multiple acre piece of property. 

May 17, 2012 07:17 AM #25
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Gary Frimann
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Abouyt a year ago, I had a property surveyed at the Buyer's request (I had the listing) and between their survey, and ours, there were two different opinions.  Called in the third guy and he also came up with something totally different.  Amazing.

May 17, 2012 08:02 AM #26
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Rosalind Nicholas
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Thank you for the info, Conrad, and some of the comments are helpful too …….

 

May 17, 2012 08:03 AM #27
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Sandy Acevedo
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This is good information to know even though we presently do not deal with acreage.           

May 17, 2012 08:04 AM #28
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Conrad, I remember when we had to have a survey on every new loan closing. It delayed the closings and increased the costs greatly. Thanks for the great info.

May 17, 2012 08:22 AM #29
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Conrad Allen
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Thank you Ritchie.

They are different Eileen.

I do to Mike.  Lenn is one sharp cookie.

Your welcome Marie.

Isn't that the truth Anthony.

Thanks Gita.

You need to know what you are buying Morgan.

With GPS technology that is hard to figure out Gary.

A lot of bright people in AR Rosalind.

Knowledge is a wonderful tool Sandy.

We still have to have a plot plan with every sale Debbie.

 

May 17, 2012 10:07 AM #30
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Adrian Willanger
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Webster, a very good explanation of something I get asked quite a bit from buyers. In Seattle we have lots of lots that are "grandfathered in" that we're built before zoning regulations in the area. 

May 17, 2012 10:24 AM #31
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Dale Samples
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Great reminder. I don't deal alot in land but always need to brush up on my knowledge.

May 17, 2012 12:46 PM #32
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Faye Taylor
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Around here the survey companies do a survey and locate the pins.  Our plats show the property without improvements but with setbacks and easements.  The surveys place the improvements also.

Our regular lot of approx .25 acres costs $318.75 for the survey.   My land buyer paid $1200 for 33 acres survey.

May 17, 2012 01:57 PM #33
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We do to Adrian.

Have a great week Dale.

Cheap, cheap prices Faye.

 

May 17, 2012 02:29 PM #34
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Evelyn Kennedy
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California - Alameda, CA
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Conrad:

Thank heaven, this is usually not a problem for my clients.  There are home where fences have floated and there is a question about the lot.  If that is important to the buyer, they must obtain a survey.

May 17, 2012 03:23 PM #35
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Sara Homan
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I haven't done enough large parcels to know what the survey cost would be but for a 1/4 acre is is $300 here.  Can't imagine 76+acres!

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