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What Is a Site Survey—and Why Is It Important?

Site surveys are an essential instrument to determine property lines and the position of a property’s amenities. If these surveys weren’t conducted, there’d be no way of knowing which area of land is finished and the next begins. While property disputes today may not bring about the same degree of conflict that they did in the past, it is crucial that everyone knows who is the owner of what.

A site survey defines the dimensions and the location of any property, site or improvements to the property. Surveys also determine what is the legally valid description for the land that is being surveyed.

Doing your due diligence with regards to site surveys and property could prevent you from making a costly error such as building on the property of someone else. There are many other reasons to conduct a survey, for instance:

Locating property lines

Mortgage requirements to be met

Insuring title

A new structure is being constructed on the property

Finding easements

Locating utilities

The process of defining a property being offered for sale

Contractors usually conduct surveys of the site prior to when construction even begins. The contractor will inspect the job site in order to identify the following:

Locations for exits and entrances

Access to the site for temporary roads

Concrete disposal location

Storage locations for construction materials

A water supply for the area

Toilets for temporary use and number

Dumpster locations

Job site trailer location

Safety protocols in case in the event of an accident

The location of the first aid station

Meeting place in the event of a tornado or fire

Mandatory signage required to show OSHA and the right to work

In commercial construction the need for a the civil survey should be taken for each project. The survey defines property boundaries as well as elevations, utilities structures, and paving sites. This survey covers landscaping and SWPP specifications to comply with the local codes. The contractor works with an accredited civil engineer to create a civil plan for a particular project and then receives a certificate seal from the registered engineer. Residential constructions will require an less rigorous survey that is conducted by a surveyor, or contractor.

Site surveys will show precisely where you’re property boundaries are which makes the construction or financing procedure much more efficient. Each of the instances of the site survey is an integral component of the building process.