Surveying is a huge industry nationwide. Nothing can be built without the input of a surveyor, not even roads. Surveyors even work in the map-making industry. Building surveyors work in both the residential and the commercial sectors and their jobs are pretty different. A commercial building surveyor collects and records surveying data to determine property lines, zoning, and topography of a commercial location. Some people are not always clear about why they might need to employ a surveyor, but there are many reasons why you may need to find a company that offers to survey. Let’s take a look at some situations.
Situation 1: A new building is being constructed next door to yours in an up-and-coming area. The property lines aren’t marked, and it looks like they’re encroaching on your space a bit. This is when you call a surveyor. Surveyors specialize in determining property lines. Have you ever heard the phrase “good fences make good neighbors”? The same goes for commercial neighbors. In a business setting, you want to make sure that your rights are not encroached upon. You may also be wondering if you’re taking up too much space. Property line surveys can help you make precise decisions instead of guessing about where you should put something and having to remove it at a later time.
Situation 2: You’re wanting to add a new parking lot to your commercial building to accommodate more traffic. You aren’t sure where all of the utility lines are, so you call a surveyor. Surveyors are able to map underground where all of the utilities are so that you can confidently move forward with your project without the worry of messing up a utility line. Damaging utility lines is a dangerous and sometimes even criminal offense. You are always supposed to call before you start construction, or the results could be deadly.
Situation 3: Utility companies have been coming onto your commercial property wherever they seem to think is fit. It’s bothering you that they aren’t staying on their easement. In fact, you’re not even sure where the easement is, so you call a surveyor. A surveyor will be able to determine if there is an easement, where it is located and, if there is no easement, can help you create one.
Situation4: You’re about to start building a commercial building on a gorgeous piece of land. First, you need to know the detailed topography for the builder to start, so you call a surveyor. Surveyors can take detailed topographic maps of the property and locate both man-made and natural structures. This will help in the planning stages of your business. After all, you don’t want to put a multimillion-dollar building in a flood zone without building up the ground.
Situation 5: You operate your business in a residential/commercial area where many houses are zoned for commercial use. A new business just opened that directly competes with you across the street, in what you thought was a residentially zoned building. So, you call a surveyor for a zoning investigation. Zoning investigations work both ways. If you’re wondering if you can become commercially zoned, a surveyor can be of assistance.
When you’ve got questions, commercial surveyors can get you answers. These are just some examples of situations you may need to hire someone for but there are thousands of more examples.