Using an engineer to develop plans for your home or business can save you substantially over the course of the project. By using a professional surveying & engineering company to design and plan new construction or refurbishment projects, you will ensure you build appropriately on the property, that your building meets all the required specifications and codes in your area. There are a variety of important areas in which a good civil engineer can save on the cost of construction.
The importance of having property surveyed before beginning a new construction or renovation project cannot be overemphasized. Surveyors create a legal description of the property, establish boundaries, and determine if there are special land concerns which should be addressed. Failure to have the land surveyed properly may lead to encroachment on a neighbor’s land, the need to retain a legal easement, or other serious legal issues. This not only costs extra money, it can delay building significantly. One case, documented in New York City, actually required a homeowner to disassemble their home, after construction was completed, because it was too near the neighbor’s property. Simply having a proper survey of the land, and good advice about design and construction can save thousands on the projects final cost.
It is important that you look into the historic record on a property before you begin to build or renovate. Some issues with the land can inhibit you from getting building permits, or cost a fortune in clean up. The zoning data on your property will also be used to help design your new structure. For example, the height of a building is typically based on the size, and architectural age of the structures that surround it. Using a civil engineer that already has a database of historical records will save you money in the long run.
Civil Engineers can help you work within a target budget. Project overseers should decide before the project begins how much they are willing to spend. They can then employee a civil engineer to create a design that both meets the specific needs of the buyer and the constraints of their budget. The engineer will conduct a cost benefit analysis, comparing the things you want and the things you must have, to assist in determining where changes can be made to lower the total cost of the project. Civil engineers are familiar with local building specifications and regulations. If you’re original design is over specification in a certain area, you may be able to cut costs by lowering your building or site plans to meet local regulations more exactly. Engineers also have a broad network in the construction industry, and may have better purchasing options, as well. Connections with major suppliers, and well-honed talent for analyzing site work to determine if there are inappropriate charges which can be eliminated, will save builders hundreds, if not thousands, before construction is complete.
Use a professional land surveyor for a survey before construction.
Use a civil engineering firm that already has a database of historical records.
Engineers can work with your target budget and create a cost/benefit analysis.
Engineers can evaluate site specifications.