Cincinnati, OH asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio

Q: do I have to have a survey done to buy partial of a property through a private sale?

I have a family member who owns 2acres and he’s selling me 0.7ish acres which is grass and some trees. To purchase that through a private sale, do I have to have a survey done on the property before purchasing or can I purchase legally without a survey?

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Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
  • Canton, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Any new lot split must typically be surveyed by a professional land surveyor. You also want to check the requirements in your county and township or city for subdivision requirements, and zoning ordinances. For example, often political subdivisions have a requirement for a certain amount of frontage. These requirements are very specific to the location where the property to be split is located. It is worth your money to invest in hiring a local lawyer to help move you through the process.

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