Even if the seller or real estate agent offer a survey of the property, hire your own surveyor to double check. Unlike property in urban and suburban areas, rural plots can be irregular in size and shape. You may also be getting shorted on the sale by an unscrupulous or under-informed seller. Make sure you know the full scope of what you are buying, and of course study the topography of the plot and its neighbors before making a decision. Make note of any existing survey flags when you check the property and see that they match up with the results.
                               First of all, what is a plat? Simply put, a plat is a map drawn-to-scale that shows the size, shape, and location of your property. Plats are drawn by public works departments and urban planning organizations rather than private entities, making them more informative and legally binding than a standard survey. They lay out where lots begin and end, as well as development plans for streets, alleys, and more. A plat is a great resource to make sure you are getting what you are paying for.