Assessing A Potential Site For Condominium Construction

Condominium development projects can be extremely lucrative, but they can also be extremely demanding and complex projects. As with many other building projects, this process should always start with a thorough land survey and assessment. This can provide several critical pieces of information as you design this new building and locate a place to put it.

Determine The Actual Boundaries Of The Property

Verifying the boundaries of the property where the condominium is to be built will be an essential factor. Violating the boundaries of the property that you are wanting to develop can lead to some fairly serious consequences. For example, you could find yourself having to move the building project after it has restarted as well as potentially compensating the neighboring property for the damage that was caused to it by the construction.

Assess The Condition Of The Soil To Support The Weight Of The Condominium

A condominium will be an extremely large and heavy building. Unfortunately, loose soil can lead to some structural issues that may compromise the entire building. More specifically, it is possible for structural issues to arise due to the building setting unevenly in the soil. A thorough assessment of the land is needed to determine whether or not it will be able to support the immense weight of this structure. In areas where the soil is too loose or soft to support this weight, additional design features may be needed to spread the weight over larger areas or a new site for the construction may need to be selected.

Determine Any Drainage Or Erosion Issues That May Be Likely To Develop

In addition to determining whether the soil is strong enough to support the weight of the condominium, the drainage and erosion potential for the land should always be assessed. Drainage issues can lead to substantial damage to the lower-lying areas of the condominium. In addition to water seeping into the lower areas of the building, drainage issues could also increase the chances that the soil near the foundation of the building may start to wash away. While it is often possible to minimize these issues by upgrading the drainage and erosion control measures for the condominium, it will be necessary to have a full appraisal of the extent and severity of the drainage problems. Otherwise, it will be extremely difficult or even impossible to design an effective system to direct the water away from the condominium and into the nearest storm drain. 

For more information, contact a local condominium land survey company.