If you have found some land that you want to purchase, you need to make sure you know what you are buying. You do not want to sign papers and then find out the land has problems you were not aware of. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to ensure you will be pleased after your purchase.

Get an ALTA Survey

One important thing you should do is get an ALTA survey done on the land. The ALTA survey will show you the exact boundaries of what you are purchasing. This is very important, especially if you are purchasing a lot of acreage. This is because if you build something that crosses the boundary line, your neighbor could make you take the structure down. This could be a garage, a fence, a shed, etc. The surveyor will research all public records and then take measurements on your land and do calculations to determine the boundary lines. 

The survey will also show if there are any easements on the property. An easement is someone having the legal right to use the land for a certain purpose. For example, your neighbor may have been given the right to cross over your land to get to a road, such as by using your driveway. No matter what the easement is, you still own the property. 

Do a Soil Test

If you plan to use the land for any type of planting, such as to plant crops, flowers, etc., you need to ensure things will grow well in the soil. In order to do this, you can do a soil test. If you only have a small amount of land you could do the soil test on your own. There are soil test kits that you can purchase to do this. The test kit will show you the nutrients the soil has and the nutrients that are lacking. 

If you have a large amount of land, doing a soil test would be difficult for you to do with a simple soil test kit. Instead, you can take the soil to an extension office to test the soil for you. If the land you own is large, take a sample of soil from different areas of your property. This is because the nutrients in the soil may not be the same for all areas on your property. Purchase containers that have a tight seal to put your samples in.

Besides these two things, you should check the ordinances and know the area around the property.

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