Who needs a surveyor?



All land is unique and requires surveying to ensure you can proceed with your next project. While some land might look very similar or be in close proximity to other developments, land can vary a great deal. All sites need to be properly surveyed before building or development can commence. A Land Surveyor is the only professional who can advise you as to whether you can legally develop or place a structure on your land, and determine whether your property can legally subdivide.

 Many people are unaware of what a land surveyor can assist with, what they do and the integral role they have in property development, construction, subdivision, and buying or selling a property – just to name a few.   

 So how do you know when you need a Surveyor?  

The following list in an example of when you should enlist the services of a qualified land surveyor.  

You need a Surveyor when you are undertaking the following activities:

Buying a property

If you are buying a property, a land surveyor will provide a detailed property survey to ascertain important details about the house and the land it sits on. It’s a vital step before buying a house to ensure the title purchase is what you think it is and will clearly show the boundaries of the property, the lot size and property description.  


Selling a property

Property buyers may decide to carry out survey reports and building certificates which could delay or cause difficulties trying to sell a property. The benefits and protection of having a detailed property survey carried out when it comes to selling often outweigh the costs.

Sub-dividing a property

There are many rules and regulations surrounding property subdivision and these vary from council to council. Certain land and property features will determine whether a property is suitable for sub-division. A surveyor will ascertain whether your property meets the criteria and what the regulations are for that area.   

Verifying acreage

A survey can help to determine the exact size of your acreage.

Building a new house, unit or building

A surveyor can assist the building process by ensuring local building codes and regulations are satisfied. They will also map out and measure the land.  These measurements are then used by architects and builders to make the most of the landscape when designing and constructing.  

Disputing property boundary lines

As most people are unaware of the exact location of their property lines, a surveyor will provide an accurate report outlining the exact boundary dimensions. Making assumptions about boundary lines and property corners can cause big disputes between neighbours, particularly if one party wants to renovate or extend. A detailed property report will identify any potential issues before you build a fence, driveway, or decide to extend a part of your property.  

Early stages of your design or construction process

A surveyor will be able to ascertain whether there are any specific property restrictions to be aware of before construction as certain zoning classification can restrict how a property is used.  

Developing on your property

If your intention is to develop or renovate a property, a surveyor safely ensures any construction meets building regulations and fits within the landscape.

Coordinating sub-contractors, council and referral authorities

The building and construction industry involve a myriad of people working together efficiently and effective communication is paramount. A surveyor has the expertise and skill to liaise with a variety of professionals including tradespersons, council and referral authorities to ensure projects run smoothly and efficiently. 

M.J. Reddie Survey’s provide a wide range of land surveying services to ensure we can effectively assist with your next development or project. We can assist with all of the items listed above.

If you are unsure on a certain topic or area please give us a call. We can help you determine if a Surveyor is necessary for your project. Our experienced team are highly knowledgeable in land surveying and all aspects of land development. With happy clients spanning from Berwick, Beaconsfield, Officer, Pakenham, Warragul, Inverloch and across Greater Victoria we can meet your needs.

Our Services

Complete Development Solution


Title Survey

Feature and Level Survey

Project Management

Building Set-Outs

Town Planning

Find out which service you need for your next home development, subdivision or building projects. Check out our list of Services or contact us to talk through your next project on (03) 9707 4117.

Have a project you need a Surveyor for? Contact us and let us know what project you are working on: info@reddiesurveys.com.au

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