If you're undertaking a project on your property, you may wonder whether you need the services of a land surveyor. To help you work this out, here are several typical situations that require a land surveyor.
New Boundary Fence
One job that a surveyor does is to investigate the boundary lines of a property. Having a survey done may be wise when replacing a boundary fence; otherwise, you may have to pay for it to be shifted. You might assume that the current fence is correctly placed, but you won't know for sure until a surveyor checks the deeds and investigates historical records. A land survey may save you the cost of moving the fence later on. As well as researching the necessary legal documents, the surveyor physically measures the land and can indicate precisely where the fence should stand. Another reason you may want a land survey done is if you're selling or buying a property and you want to be sure of its proportions.
Typically, regulations will limit where buildings can be placed in a yard and how close they can be to the fence line. A land surveyor can investigate what the regulations are in your area and ensure that any extension or building work you plan is legal. They can also physically mark out the position of the new construction before building work begins.
Land surveyors not only clarify a property's perimeter but also analyse and map its topographic contours. Your land may have a slight incline or be in a hollow, or it may be perfectly flat. The architects and builders need this information to draw up their plans and start construction, which will need to accommodate the land contours. A surveyor can also determine whether your property has any sewer lines or other underground infrastructure that would make the area a no-build zone.
If you have a large parcel of land, you may want to subdivide it into several smaller allotments. A land surveyor, being an expert in property boundaries, can determine whether it's legal for you to do so. They can do the research to find out. Plus, if you are going ahead with the subdivision, they can physically mark out the perimeter of each allotment.
Additionally, they can provide the topographical information that the builders will use further down the track. Often, if you plan a major build or renovation, a land surveyor is one of the first professionals you'll use to check its legality and provide physical data.