Before you begin any form of construction project (i.e., a new build), you’re going to need to hire a land surveyor to come in and get “the lay of the land” as it were. But of course, what does a land surveyor do, and why do you need one? Well, in this article, we’ll take you through the basics, so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not you think it’s worth factoring into your project plan.

Simply put, a land surveyor will determine and plot the various boundaries on a given area and assign them accordingly. This information is particularly valuable for planning out a large plot of land where several buildings are due to be built with a road going down the middle. How many driveways and garages do you need for each home? How can you fairly allocate each plot of land between each home, so that there can be not contest between residents? All of these things must be considered before going ahead and seeking out an architect and planner to start designing some plans for your project.

The land surveyor will carry out thorough research, using various techniques and equipment. The surveyor might even use a Global Position System (GPS) in order to offer the most accurate reading of the land. In addition to that, they will look at certain drainage areas and other environmental factors that will need to be considered when planning property positioning, height from the ground, and how deep the foundations should be built, etc.

So, now that we’ve established what they do, how can you hire a land surveyor that you can count on? Because, quite clearly, you’ll need one for your project. It’s the only way to present the most accurate and fair information when building. But, are they all going to present you with the most reliable results? Perhaps. Or perhaps, you’ll have to do a little research into finding the most reliable, experienced and accurate land surveyor before going ahead. Here’s what to look for:

  • Certified and insured: You can’t just rush in with anyone who claims to know what they’re doing.
  • Significant experience in the industry: You’ll want to work with an established company that has a track-history of having delivered excellence.
  • Great testimonials and reviews: You should be able to access these on their website / social media pages. Otherwise, ask if they are happy to put you in touch with any previous clients so that you can get a feel for the type of service that they offer.
  • Consider asking colleagues & friends: Who have your friends and colleagues had dealings within the past? Is there anyone that they can recommend / warn you about?
  • Go with your gut: You’ll get a pretty good idea as to whether or not a company is worth working with when you establish contact.
  • Don’t forget to compare prices: They should be able to give you a relatively accurate estimation on costs before visiting the site. Then, gather a few different proposals and compare prices before making a decision. Remember, cheap doesn’t always mean that it’s the best option.


Make your life easier by doing everything by the book. By hiring a land surveyor, you’ll be able to gather all of the relevant information needed to plan a proper successful project. Don’t forget to ask all of the right questions before selecting your land surveyor. When done correctly, they might even spot some problem areas or make some recommendations that you hadn’t considered in terms of geographical placement etc. In any case, we wish you the best of luck with your project!