Investigate the property and its surroundings before signing a contract. For example:
What are the recorded boundaries of the property and its features, such as driveways, rights-of-way, easements and flood zones? Has the property been surveyed? How clearly and precisely are its boundaries defined by deed, plat and/or contract?
Has the property been subdivided and/or developed? If so, was that subdivision and/or development in accord with Federal, Maryland and local (i.e., county, city or town) requirements? Was the subdivision and/or development approved by the relevant governmental authorities? Does the subdivision limit development of the property?
Have any of the structures on the property, including, for example, buildings, piers and/or mechanical systems, been added, renovated or expanded? If so, was that work properly permitted and finally approved by the relevant governmental authorities?
Have any notices of zoning or building code violations pertaining to the property, its use and/or its structures been issued by governmental authorities? If so, were such notices resolved and final building or zoning certificates issued?
Are there zoning restrictions or critical area limitations regarding the use or occupancy of the property that might impact your intended use of the property as a residence, commercial enterprise, home business, farm or some other purpose?