1. Property lines
Surveys can be pricey and seemingly unnecessary. But the thing about property line disputes is that they can crop up at the most inconvenient times—and you don’t want to be caught off guard when they do.
Maybe you loved the winding, tree-lined driveway. But until you had a survey done, you had no idea the driveway crossed over the neighbor’s lawn. That means any improvements you want to make might be impossible, or you might end up in a drawn-out legal dispute with your neighbors.
2. Prior claims history
Previous owners might have ruined your chances of buying your dream home. A long history of insurance claims can render a home uninsurable, making it a risky purchase. (Or even an impossible one, depending on your lender.)…