How a Surveyor Can Help You Build the Perfect Home

February 27, 2019 5:54 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Are you considering building a new home from scratch on an empty piece of land? This process is, of course, much different than purchasing an existing home, or even having a new house built in an existing neighborhood with homes all around it. If you’re building on land you already own, this means you own every phase of the project from the get-go, and there are more tasks you’ll have to perform to ensure the project goes as smoothly as possible.

You’ll need to work with a variety of professionals in this process—not just the architects and builders who will be working on your home itself, but also a land surveyor in Mobile, AL who will perform some crucial work at the outset of the project to ensure everything is planned out and prepared.

Evaluating your land

Even if you already have a piece of land on which you intend to build your new home, you’ll still need to do some significant analysis of that land to make sure it’s prepared in a way that will allow for a high-quality product. Here are some examples of the issues you’ll need to consider:

  • Flood plains: You must determine where your land lies in relation to the flood areas mapped out by FEMA. If even a small corner of your property touches a flood plain, it will become significantly more complicated and expensive to build and insure that property. A surveyor can provide you with a full description of the property’s boundaries so you can more easily determine whether or not any part of the property overlaps with mapped-out flood plains. This is definitely an issue you want to resolve at the beginning of a project rather than after you’ve already broken ground.
  • Zoning: Zoning issues don’t arise very often if you’ve already purchased a piece of land with the intent to build a home there, but there are still some issues that can arise. The zoning for the property must be compatible with building a house (either residential or agricultural zoning). You can get this information from the city or county in which you will be building. If it does not meet those zoning requirements, you’ll have to petition the planning commission in your area for zoning variance, which can be difficult to accomplish.
  • The survey: You should never just take the word of the previous owner regarding where exactly the boundary lines are located on your property, especially if you’re in a more rural area without fences and clear delineations. A professional surveyor will give you exact boundaries and mark them for you, and provide you with a thorough report of those boundaries, as well as information about easements, rights of way and more. Sometimes land surveys are included as a contract requirement in land sales.

For more information about how property surveying in Mobile, AL can help you with the process of building a new home, we encourage you to contact the team at Polysurveying to schedule a consultation.

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