When purchasing a property, buyers often have many plans for their new parcel of land. For example, not too long ago a buyer worked with a real estate agent to locate a large, parklike property, where he planned to build a home, horse barn and shop. The location was spacious and lush and fit the buyer’s needs perfectly, yet there was a problem — a big problem.
An unknown wetland existed, which threw a wrench into the buyer’s plans, making them completely unfeasible. He was stuck.
This story is anecdotal, but it’s not uncommon. Buyers entrust their realtor with assisting in finding the right property but also helping foresee any potential challenges. Experienced real estate agents know that determining whether a wetland exists on a property is key to helping buyers achieve their goals. But do you really need a wetlands expert — or will the town wetlands map serve this purpose?
Why More than the Town Wetlands Map is Needed
The town wetlands map might seem like an obvious choice for solving this problem. It’s often available online, and you can view and print it for free. But while this solution is fast and easy, it could cost the homeowner in the long term because these maps aren’t always accurate.
And once you know that a wetland exists, the town wetlands map alone cannot tell you what the ramifications may be.
So if the town wetlands map isn’t the answer, how can agents ensure that clients are informed when making property decisions?
Safeguard Clients, Work with an Expert
A soil scientist is the only person who can legally determine whether a wetland exists on a property in the state of Connecticut. This is why it’s important to connect your clients with an expert soil scientist before the purchase.
An expert soil scientist can assist with pre-purchase or presale land inspections, determining whether a wetland exists and any potential impacts on your client when buying or selling the property.
An expert can also assist with understanding important details about a wetland, such as drainage on the property and the natural surface and groundwater flow patterns. But equally important, an expert can learn about your client’s plans for a property and, through a consultation, give an educated opinion as to whether those plans are feasible.