Land surveyors serve an important purpose when it comes to any kind of land development or building project. They use various tools, land titles and knowledge of the land and legislation to ensure the safety and legality of any work that is planned on any given area. Ranging from large-scale developments of subdivisions to disputes between neighbours over their boundaries, choosing the right surveyor is important to ensure that you’re within your rights when it comes to land you own. Here are a few things to bear in mind when considering one for yourself.
The general rule of thumb is that as soon as a peg goes in the ground a survey plan must be drawn, however, there are a number of different surveys that can be undertaken on any given piece of land. Figuring out which one you require may not necessarily make the cost any cheaper, but it will make it easier to determine the surveyor best suited for the job.
Say you plan on putting up a fence or there’s a dispute between where the boundary lies between your property and your neighbour’s – that requires a boundary survey. If you’re planning to build on a section, then a topographical survey will determine the contours and elevation of your land for architects and draftspersons to plan and design from. Topographic surveys are also used for other jobs such as environment restoration projects.
When you have a rough idea of what you require, it’s important to seek out recommendations so you can be confident in not only the surveyor but the plan or solution they’ll provide. Real-estate agents and builders deal with surveyors on a regular basis, as do property lawyers – especially when it comes to land disputes. Check their references, accreditation and insurances to ensure they have all the necessary training and qualifications.
At BLG we have qualified Licensed Cadastral Surveyors, all of whom are members of Survey and Spatial New Zealand (The New Zealand Institute of Surveyors). Some of our consultants are also Registered Professional Surveyors, the highest acreditation available to surveyors at the top of their profession.
Having done your due diligence and weighed your options, be confident in your decision. Surveying a relatively small cost when it comes to the rest of building projects, or the cost to fix things if they aren’t done correctly, so these are worth considering when it comes to your final choice.
For any advice on your project, we’re more than happy to help. As full-service consultants, we offer everything from surveying to planning and engineering, and we offer free quotes online. If you’d prefer to speak with one of our consultants, feel free to contact us via the form below.