We ALWAYS suggest a survey be performed on your prospective property purchase. A full survey is sometimes the only way to determine set back lines, possible encroachments or any violations of porches, driveways or pools that may exceed the set back line limitations. The time to perform the survey is before the property becomes yours. If something is found prior to the closing, such as a neighbor's shed being over the property line, or a lovely fence that unfortunately travels past the set back lines onto the golf course, the seller is generally the party who will have to make the changes so the property conforms to the restrictive covenants and neighborhood by-laws prior to your purchase.