Before you purchase a parcel of land on which you plan to construct a new home or other building, no doubt you want to have a surveyor, from a place like Transit Technical Services, examine it for you. A surveyor will be more skilled at noting the details of the land and the soil itself, so they can determine if it's the right choice for your future plans. However, while a land surveyor can be helpful to you, a construction surveyor is actually a better choice for this type of work. Note why you should call a construction surveyor before you purchase a parcel of land on which you plan any type of construction or building work.

1. Solid ground for the weight of construction

A land surveyor can tell you the chemical composition of soil if you're looking to plant a garden, but a construction surveyor can note if the soil is strong enough to hold up the weight of construction. Anything you build, even if it's a simple walkway, will put added weight on the soil and if it's not strong enough, your construction may shift or outright sink. A construction surveyor will be familiar with the weight of certain manmade objects and if that weight gets dispersed across the construction itself, or if the soil will need added bracing such as with added aggregates. This will ensure your construction is protected over its lifetime.

2. Staking out reference points

Since a construction surveyor specializes in new construction, they will be able to work with you to stake out reference points for construction, something a land surveyor typically does not do. These reference points will tell you how large of a footprint a certain building or home will need for its size, and in turn, if it will extend too close to the property borders or if you can even expand your construction plans.

3. Drainage and other construction issues

A land surveyor can tell you about the overall composition of soil, but may not be able to tell you how your construction will affect drainage, potential soil erosion, and the like. A construction surveyor can note if the land needs to be graded to compensate for how your construction will change the direction of water flow in the soil, for example, if water will collect around a building's foundation and cause leaks. They may note the best placement for sewer pipes so that they flow properly and don't get damaged by tree roots. The types of specialty services and expertise they offer can make them the right choice before purchasing any parcel of land for new construction.