Whenever you commence a building project, there is a multitude of factors to consider. One of the most important line items is getting a survey of your construction site. As we will discuss, this could easily be seen as the most important step taken for a project.
Surveying for Safety
In order to be sure you are building in an area that is safe from flooding, you can do a survey in order to get a FEMA elevation certificate. This will help you get flood insurance as well. Knowing the level of risk you are undertaking regarding potential flooding issues can help you avoid building a structure that is only going to be damaged by a flood in the near or distant future. In addition, hiring a construction surveyor to assess the flood status of your property can help guide decisions during the design process to help the inhabitants of the building maximize their safety—not to mention the safety of the building itself.
Surveying for Boundaries
All too often, a building is built in a spot that seems to be OK, but in reality, is encroaching on a neighbor’s lot or an easement of some sort. The area of property as outlined in a deed is legally owned by the deed holder. You could be facing serious legal issues, therefore, if you build where you shouldn’t – even if it’s just a couple of feet, or less, in the wrong area. To avoid violating the boundaries of neighbors or the municipality, you will want to get a construction surveyor to make sure you’re building in the right spot.
Surveying for Topography
When it comes to a construction site, sometimes what you see is not what you get. Certain topographical features are usually easy to spot, such as streams, boulders, and the like. However, what if there used to exist a manhole on or near your property? What if a boulder you think is fairly small has sunk over time to the point where all you’re seeing is the “tip of the iceberg”? Is there another foundation under the surface, perhaps built many years ago? A topographical survey by a construction surveyor can answer all of these questions and help you fully prepare for a well-informed project.
To get true peace of mind, be sure to get the right surveys before starting your project. Rampa Land Surveying P.C. has a team ready to get you the survey you need. You can contact us at Rampasurveying.com or via phone at (718) 925-3680. You can also follow them on Twitter for more updates.