When you first begin the homesteading process, you may already have a few key points in mind. For example, you may know that you are doing this to live a more sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle. As part of that lifestyle, you want to have proper storage for food and other supplies that you begin to grow and store on your own. The process of growing, storing, and becoming the owner of a self-reliant homestead does mean property planning, and that means surveying. Here are three reasons that you, as a homesteader, will need a land surveyor to help with your plans.
When you begin looking at options for your storage of food and canned items, a root cellar will likely be the ideal option. Before you start hiring an excavator, you will need to have the land surveyed. The main reason for this is that underground issues could present a problem during the excavation process. For example, you may have underground wiring you were not aware of from the previous owners. You may also have old pipes and wells that are no longer in use, but may also cause an issue. The land surveyor can offer services to help locate these items and then mark them on a survey for the excavation team.
When you start to design the layout of the homestead property, one of the things that may come up is having outbuildings placed. These buildings may be sheds, storage barns, or animal containment areas such as pens and coops. If this is the case, then you may find a land surveyor can help. Keep in mind that having additional buildings put on a property may require a survey for the proper approval and certifications by the local government agencies. If this is the case, then you will want a current and updated survey.
If you have large areas of land for your homestead property, then water systems may be something you consider. Water systems are things like greywater systems, irrigation systems, or underground water systems that will get water from one part of the property to another. This may require a land surveyor. This does not just include surveys for the local government agencies and building permits, but also for plumbing needs. You may also have contractors that need to know if the water system can be placed in that area with no obstructions or issues that could cause concern on your homestead.
These are only three reasons a land surveyor is beneficial to a homestead property owner. If you have several plans laid out for your property, consider discussing them with the land surveyor. They can help with which surveys may be ideal for your needs and with pricing for those survey options.