Re: survey cost7
Nov 20, 2012 4:54 pm
the place i rang, a local surveyor in the kelmscott region, asked for the address and obviously brought it up on the computer, and gave me a quote - im thinking its a sq m rate?
anyway, ive taken the 660$ quote.
Has anyone done survey/structural engineering plan before buying the block?
the reason i am, is because even though it will cost me about 3-4000$, id rather spend that on a block that i can afford to build on, rather than buy the block and be stuck with a white elephant.
Re: survey cost8
Nov 21, 2012 10:03 am
I was under the impression that the soil test and site survey is all the builders need to determine how to build on the property (and therefore the costs).
Plus on top of that you should already have any environmental, wildfire or bushfire overlays that need to be factored in.
Re: survey cost9
Nov 21, 2012 10:12 am
We were quoted $850 for survey & soil tests done by our builder. If we go ahead with buying the block then it comes out of our 'site costs', but if we dont then its a loss to us because the tests have to be done again on the block we actually buy anyways.
Every block we've looked at we've been provided with an engineering plan and a contour plan by the REA.
Re: survey cost10
Nov 21, 2012 10:18 am
hmm, not sure on that one - i can check with my builder. at the moment, he is letting me get my own survey/engineering done and for lack of a better term "freelance" building. He built the intial house (which burnt down in kelmscott fires) so knows the block quite well. But i think to satisfy council, engineering may have to be done, and the council can then supply a building surveyor to mark out building.
Re: survey cost14
Nov 21, 2012 10:25 am
the block im looking at is a bit different - the owner is selling it to me privately (if i buy it). so perhaps any REA paperwork is non-existant. I'd rather spend 3-4000 on survey/engineering plan and know i cant afford site costs/house than spend 100-1000's on a block i cant afford to build on - yes, im on a budget!
Re: survey cost18
Nov 21, 2012 10:37 am
I *think* the site survey just does the block in question but the contour plan is the whole area, so you can see drainage issues around the block as well as on it, if that makes sense.
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