Mistake No. 5
5) Failing to get a check survey to confirm the property boundaries and the house location.
This is a very simple check carried out by a land surveyor to make sure firstly that you are buying the correct property and secondly to confirm the boundary’s and the house are actually situated on your property.
You only get one chance at this and if at a later stage something is found to be incorrect. The consequences can be significant and devastating this step should never be taken lightly, just measuring the fence lines is not enough.
Horror Stories – I’ve heard of reported cases where people actually brought and lived in a property for years before somebody did a check survey only to find they had been living in the wrong house. In another case a check survey ordered by the people purchasing the house next door found that half of the brand new double garage and workshop from next door is actually on their land. The neighbour was forced to pull it down and remove it or buy the land that it was standing on.
Not a great start to developing a friendly relationship with your new neighbour.