During a home purchase, the boundaries and features of the property you’re buying will need to be reviewed. You’ll need to have a house location drawing or a boundary survey done.
A house location drawing is done by a licensed surveyor. The drawing will show the structures on the property, improvements made to the property, and any easements or rights of way. It will also tell you whether the property is in a special flood hazard zone.
The location drawing takes less time – and costs less – than a boundary survey, which involves marking and measuring the corners and borders of the property. The boundary survey is more accurate than a location drawing, providing you with information that could be useful if you’re planning to build additional structures on the property or make other improvements.
In most cases, the sale can proceed with a house location drawing and a boundary survey will not be required.