Deacon1, Home Seller in Calabasas, CA

Do you need a land survey if you are going to sell vacant land?

Asked by Deacon1, Calabasas, CA Wed Aug 11, 2010

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Jason & Meli…, Agent, Calabasas, CA
Thu Sep 16, 2010
It is not necessary for the seller to get one but it is recommended to the buyer to do one as they conduct their due diligence. Good luck!
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Caleb Hart, Renter, Orem, UT
Thu May 7, 2015
The best thing to do with this question is ask two people. One, the real estate agent and ask for advice. Also, ask the surveyor if he has any experience dealing with vacant land and sales. Compare the two answers and then make a decision.
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lewisremingt…, Home Owner, Rochester, NY
Wed Mar 18, 2015
I don't believe it is required, but I think that it would be a good way to know your land, and therefore know what you have to sell. You will want to be able to properly determine and appropriate price, and having your land surveyed will aid in that process. Your buyer will also appreciate the information.
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Kevin Dibben, , Calabasas, CA
Tue Mar 1, 2011
No, it is not a requirement. The buyer may choose to get one and could ask that you pay for it, everything is negotiable. A lot depends upon the parcel itself. If it is in a subdivision obviously it wouldn't be needed but if it's in a hilly area and the boundaries are vague it's much better to clear everything up now instead of litigating later! Remember in Calabasas there are certain building restrictions in the Mulholland corridor, etc.
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I agree, negotiation is a huge part of this. If the buyer wants the land surveyed, then they could hire their own surveyor or ask the seller to do it instead. There's really no limit to how it can be done. I'd wait and talk to the buyer if I were you. |
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Nathaniel Pi…, Agent, Calabasas, CA
Thu Dec 30, 2010
Usually you want to do a few things when selling land.

Clean And Prepare The Land

Mark The Boundaries - there is no requirement to do this but people are more likely to buy land when they know what area they are buying. Buyers doing a survey is common, i would recommend if you know the basic boundaries to leave it to the buyer, if you have no clear idea of beginnings and ends you should consider getting it done.

Market the property
If you can offer financing when you sell, do it. It is the single easiest way to add value, and get a better price. In fact, if you may be able to make money just buying lots, marking them up 25% and selling them on easy terms.
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Richard Schu…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Wed Aug 11, 2010
No. The buyer may request it, but you should insist that buyer pay for their own survey and inspections, unless it is difficult for the buyer to see what the property is that they are buying. For example a large, hilly lot, that is difficult to describe boundaries on, would likely need to be surveyed to produce a better sales result.

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Ryan Smith, Agent, Murrieta, CA
Wed Aug 11, 2010
Hi Deacon1,

No but it is a good idea, gives potential buyers an opportunity to know what they are getting out of the deal.

Good Luck!
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