The Hawaii real estate purchase contract allows for buyers to review the survey of any single family home or land for a number of days agreed upon by the buyer and seller. If you wait until you find a buyer for your home, the buyer can take a look at something on the survey and decide to cancel the transaction, especially if he is already looking for a way to cancel. I instruct sellers to get the survey done at the beginning of a listing to avoid problems.

Here is what the Hawaii contract actual says:

    No later than days prior to the Scheduled Closing Date, Seller shall, at
    Seller's sole cost and expense, have a registered land surveyor (a) stake the
    Property even if the stakes are visible and, (b) if improvements exist along the
    Property line, provide Buyer with a map (with surveyor's stamp) and accompanying
    report to show the perimeters of the Property and the location of any improvements in the vicinity of the perimeter Property lines. This survey and map may not address whether improvements on the Property are in compliance with State and/or County requirements, and/or subdivision covenants, conditions, and restrictions. Boundary Encroachment. If an encroachment onto an adjoining
    property or onto the Property by an adjoining owner is revealed or discovered,
    such encroachment either shall be removed or Seller shall obtain encroachment
    agreement with the affected adjoining owner(s) which is acceptable to Buyer. If neither occurs within ______ days of discovery or by the Scheduled Closing Date, whichever occurs earlier, Buyer may accept the encroachment(s) or elect to terminate this Purchase Contract and the termination provisions of Paragraph C-30 shall apply. Under Chapter 669Hawaii Revised Statutes (deminimis), certain tolerances for discrepancies involving improvements built along the boundary line of the Property for specific zonings are established, and such improvements shall not be considered encroachments.