Do you know the present zoning of the property?

Gather any legal documents (abstracts, tax statements, plat drawings, etc.) for your property.

Have there been any surveys done recently in your neighborhood?

Do you know if any property pins exist on your property?

Typically, rural surveys should be done in late fall or early spring to avoid excess foliage in areas populated by trees.
(It will take less time to complete your survey.)

City and county zoning ordinances require access to road right of way for all new plats of survey.
(Check with your local county or municipal agency about particular requirements.)