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Frequently Asked Questions Answered By ONF SURVEYORS

To make it easier to determine the right surveying services for your needs, we’ve provided answers to questions we are often asked by clients. If you have any other queries we are happy to answer these by phone or email.

What are the different types of lease area surveys?

There are 3 different types of lease area surveys which are:

  • Net area surveys for commercial properties e.g. office buildings
  • Gross area surveys for industrial sites e.g. warehouses
  • Gross area surveys for retail tenancies e.g. shopping centres.

What is a detail survey?

A detail survey takes into account all the natural and man-made structures present on a parcel of land, ranging from vegetation and utilities through to fences, soil and boundaries.

Why is a set-out survey important for construction?

To ensure the accuracy of a construction project, it’s important to have a set-out survey undertaken. This type of survey marks the areas where buildings and other key structures will be built, to avoid mistakes being made during the construction process.

After purchasing a property, would you recommend having it surveyed?

Yes. To avoid any issues with neighbours before making changes to your new property, it’s a smart idea to have a boundary identification survey undertaken.

Is a building surveyor different to a land surveyor?

Yes. A building surveyor is usually engaged to handle the legal side of building or construction, such as permits and approvals, whereas a land surveyor analyses the layout of a site, which includes boundaries, easements and any other spatial details.

Why Do I Need A Survey?

There are many reasons why you might need a survey. For example, if you are planning to build a fence or make other improvements to your property, you will need to know where your property boundaries are. It's important to note that an existing fence line does not guarantee the location of a boundary! A survey will guarantee that you know exactly where your boundaries are and ensure all new structure is erected where it should be. In addition, if you are buying or selling a property, a survey can provide valuable information that can help to support the sale price.

How Do I Find Out Who Is Responsible For A Boundary?

If you are unsure who is responsible for the boundaries you should check the Title Register of the property. The title deeds will often also set out the boundaries you are responsible for, even if the property hasn't been registered.

How Is A Property Survey Done?

A property survey is carried out by a professional surveyor with extensive knowledge of the local area. An expert, such as one from ONF Surveyors, will visit the property and extensively inspect it, including both the interior and exterior. They will look at the walls, floors, internal systems, windows, doors, and more. They will then write up a detailed report to be handed to the client.

Why Do We Need Surveying

Surveying is critical because it allows a prospective buyer to see the full picture of a property or piece of land. Without a survey report, you are effectively going into the purchase blind. Surveying identifies any potential areas of weakness or that pose a risk to safety, meaning an investment in surveying is one well spent. Some lenders in Australia may also request that you have a survey done prior to closing their loan with you in order to assess any financial risks on their behalf.

What Types Of Property Surveys Are There?

There are many different types of property surveys. Some of the most popular and commonly used surveys include boundary surveys, location surveys, right-of-way surveys, topographic surveys, residential surveys, and more. If you aren’t sure which kind of survey you should have done before you purchase a property, get in touch with the ONF Surveyors team today and we’ll be happy to advise you.

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