Before You Build an Addition to Your House

Before You Build an Addition to Your House

- in Home Improvement

If you’re looking to add an addition to your home, you have many different opportunities. Many people like to have a conservatory or an orangery on their property so they can have somewhere to enjoy the sunlight without being in the elements. Others like to add a garage or a full flat for their guests. Whatever the case may be, there is some preparation you need to do before you build your addition. You need to hire professionals to survey your space.

Surveying Your Land

You need to hire land surveyors before you begin building on your property. That’s especially important if the land looks to be undeveloped. For example, if you have some woods or just an unruly backyard on your property, you definitely need a topographic survey before you begin building. A survey will help determine the lay of the land. That way, you will know if your land is flat or what sort of topographical difficulties you might face.

Obviously, a hill or a serious depression is easy to notice and account for in your building. However, there are also much more subtle changes to the terrain of your garden that are not always readily apparent. In those cases, a professional survey will save you a lot of time as well as a lot of headaches. It will also make it much easier for you to plan your build. You’ll be able to work with professionals to plan for how to grade the land and make it even. If you choose not to make it even, you can also work around the inconsistencies in the terrain.

Underground Pipes and Cables

In many places, there are underground pipes and cables that will run underneath your house and through your garden. A good surveyor will also be able to find where they are and map them out. In some cases, finding the pipes and cables is actually a necessity before you can build. Many municipal governments require that you have your land surveyed for pipes and wires before you get started. Having your land surveyed will protect you from some kind of catastrophe as well as protect the municipality from having to pay to fix some cable or wire that you accidentally sever.

It’s important that you find surveyors who not only find the buried utilities, but also map them. Oftentimes, these underground utilities are designed to move in a straight line, but over years they begin to deviate as the ground shifts. Mapping the utilities will ensure that you know exactly where they are when you start building. Only then you can build with confidence and peace of mind, knowing that you are not going to accidentally damage any buried utilities. These are a few reasons why a land survey is important.