What is a Survey Plat?
When buying land it is important to know where your property boundaries begin and end. A survey is probably the most accurate illustration of property dimensions. You will find angles, distances and witness identifiers for property corners on this drawing referred to as a "Plat". A land survey should be easy to read on paper but more importantly identifiable on land. Surveyors should cut your property lines, if you are on a wooded lot, and mark the lines with survey tape (or survey ribbon). Many times we use a tax map number which is usually drawn from the land survey as a reference. A survey can also include a plot plan which includes the exact dimensions and distances of where your proposed home will be built. This is a necessity for your contractor because he/she will need to know the distances from the road and side property lines so that the home won't encroach into easements and setback boundaries.
In order for a plat to be used correctly it must be recorded and be referenced on your deed or title to real estate. Many homebuyers will buy property then later get a survey to determine the property corners and sidelines to build an additional structure, pour a driveway, or build fence. Once you order a survey, make sure that you record it appropriately and get your deed updated, by means of a "corrective deed", to reference the plat. Otherwise, it is just a technical drawing for your own use.
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