Kennedy Setouts & Surveys: Residential Property Surveyors You Can Count on in Melbourne

You recently purchased a plot of land where you plan to build a new home for you and your family. You want to get started on your project, hiring architects, builders and other trades teams to bring the vision in your head to fruition. The only issue is that you aren’t quite sure where to start.

First off, don’t worry: it’s natural to feel a bit overwhelmed at the commencement of a building project. Buying a new house is a big, complex investment as is. Building a house from scratch is even more complicated, and thus more fraught with the potential for errors or pitfalls. Hiring the right property surveyor in Melbourne can help you avoid these pitfalls and lay the groundwork for a successful residential building project.

The First Step: Scheduling a Property Survey in Melbourne

At Kennedy Setouts & Surveys, we specialise in providing residential property surveys in Melbourne. If you are planning to build a new home on the land you own, hiring a residential surveyor is usually the first step you should take. Before you hire an architect, before you bring in a building team and before spending a dime developing your land, you need a property survey. The simplest reason for this fact is that your residential survey will give your architects, builders and trades teams the information they need to design, plan and build your new home.

Another term for ‘property survey’ (and perhaps a more helpful one) is ‘feature survey.’ When you hire a residential surveyor in Melbourne to come to your property and prepare a review for you, you are essentially asking that person to map out the various features—both natural and human-made—on your property.

A detailed feature survey is a map that will include accurate location and size information for any existing buildings, fences, trees, kerbs, roadways, sidewalks or other visually perceptible impediments on the land. It will also include items that aren’t visible to the naked eye, such as any easements placed on the property by local governments, or any utilities—including water and electric lines—running beneath the land. Your property survey will even incorporate information about the levels on your land—from hills to ditches and beyond.

Why a Property Survey Is an Important Step in the Building Process

There are multiple reasons to hire a property surveyor in Melbourne before you begin work on your new home. First and foremost, the property survey document must be lodged with local council before you will be permitted to move forward with any building projects on your land—although you already own the property. Secondly, your property survey will identify features and factors that your architectural and building teams need to be aware of when designing and constructing your home. The last thing you want is to build your entire home, only to find out that half the garage is in an easement and needs to be torn down.

Building your new home from scratch should be an exciting milestone in your life. Don’t let any confusion with building regulations spoil the experience. Instead, call Kennedy Setouts & Surveys today and hire our residential surveyors to prepare a property survey for your Melbourne land. You can reach us on 0431 576 538.


"Kennedy Setouts and Surveys provided a competitive quote and completed my house setout with a short turnaround time."

D. Potter
Owner Builder
  • Kennedy Setouts and Surveys provided a competitive quote and completed my house setout with a short turnaround time.
    D. Potter
    Owner Builder
  • All the surveys we have ordered through Kennedy Setouts and Surveys have been completed on time and accurately, as promised.
    M. Curnuck
    Dickson & Curnuck Builders
  • Thanks for setting out our 6 unit site on short notice. Much appreciated. You say it, they survey it.
    S. Young
    Colac Building Group
  • I can highly recommend Michael and the team to setout your next development.
    Steven C.
    BGH Developments

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