You are in the middle of your home purchase and your realtor tells you that the surveyor has completed his work. There is a nice little survey of the property you are going to buy and you get your copy. If you are like most people, you really can not read this survey and understand it without studying it for quite a while.
Inevitably, the realtors will tell you it is "Great". Nothing to worry about.
But just in case, call up the surveyor and ask them to explain the things they have marked on the survey. It will take less than 10 minutes and will give you peace of mind.
There will be some kind of Utility Easements - these are areas of your land you are not supposed to build on and that they owners of those easements - the electric utility usually - have the right to use, meaning dig up, in your yard.
There will be a building line. This is the distance from your property boundary that you can build improvements on like your house, garage or other building.
Often there is a drainage easement and this is a section of your yard intended to be kept free of structures or landscaping so that water can flow unimpeded if necessary.
After that, if there are other easements or other oddities on the survey, you will truly be glad you talked to the surveyor.