Designing your own home, you are going to need a land surveyor, and don’t let the price of a good quality surveyor put you off. The most important part about the initial design of your new home is getting the surveyors in to help map and stake out your block of land.
Don’t risk doing it your self, it is not worth the risk. Let me give you some tips, experience over the years has taught me a lot.
First of all make sure your surveyor is fully licensed by the approved authorities, you can go to the www.acsnsw.com.au or Association of Consulting Surveyors in NSW website. Alternatively. Other relevant sites that include a full list of authorized and qualified land and building surveyors include The Institute of Surveyors, www.surveyors.org.au, or trusted professionals like TIN Survey, www.tinsurvey.com.au, they will also be able to assist you.
If your surveyor is not licensed any reports produced will not be valid, so make sure you check the credentials once you have obtained them and go to the website mentioned above.
All professional surveyors must have full liability insurance, this is for your protection in case the surveyor reports are inaccurate or mis-leading.
Surveyors should also have a workers compensation insurance, that is to ensure there is adequate protection in case there is an injury whilst completing the work on your building site.
Make sure the surveyor is well experienced, ask for other similar projects that they have worked to see examples of the work previously performed, this will give you an opportunity to see the quality of work that they perform.
Ensure that your surveyor has all the latest and most up to date technical equipment, this will help to ensure that the work carried out is highly accurate and conforms to the latest developments in Global Positioning Systems, Computer Aided Drafting software and other laser scanning and robotic surveying systems.
When marking out your property, make sure that the work is done using high quality stakes, iron rods and pipes, magnetic nails and permanent markers that will remain intake during the construction period.
Please don’t underestimate just how important this part of the process is, getting it wrong can set you back many months and a lot of money.