Starting on a construction project is not as simple as just starting building. There is a range of tasks that need to be checked off before you can go ahead with the project. Careful planning and proper clearances are vital to accurate building and a quality finished product. The correct preparation will also decrease the chance of issues arising and allow for a smoother construction process with minimal delays. So, how do you prepare land for construction? Let’s explore!

How do you Prepare Land for Construction?

Evaluate the Site

When planning any construction, the first step is to evaluate the land of the building site. It is important to consider what factors need to be known. This will determine any extra tasks and how the building plan will work with the land. Factors such as the size of the land, the shape of the land, and the gradient of the land must be considered.

It is also vital that everyone is able to identify where existing structures have been put underground. Before starting construction, locate utilities such as power lines, septic systems, and water systems. If any underground systems are not made aware of, they can be damaged during construction. This can cause problems for the site as well as the surrounding land. It will save a lot of money and time by avoiding the interruption of these systems.

Site Clearing

After conducting a land survey and performing due diligence on the land, you will need to clear the site before any construction can begin. Site clearing includes removing any rubble, trees, and vegetation. This can also be the time to prepare access roads and staging areas. Site clearance is important to the safety of all the workers.

Surveying the Site

A surveyor will need to assess the land and determine how the structure should be constructed on the land. The site surveyor will determine the layout based on different regulations that the project must be set up in accordance with to avoid any legal issues. A land surveyor will also be able to then inform the contractor of any requirements there are for elevation and fill. This will help achieve the correct elevation for the design of the structure.

Site Soil Testing

This generally occurs in the early design development stages. It is very important to know the quality of the soil of the piece of land that will be built on and around. Test the soil’s ability to support a structure, as well as how the soil absorbs water. Utilizing a Geotechnical Engineer developers can identify and remediate soil condition issues effectively.

The Design and Plan

One of the most important factors is the design and plan of the structure. A few site prep tasks need to be completed before the actual building can begin. Such tasks include installing underground septic tanks and correct drainage systems. All building projects will need to have the design completed and reviewed by professionals. The plan of how the structure will be built can then be developed for the most effective way to create the desired structure.

Additional Site Preparation

Additional tasks will also need to be undertaken to get the land ready for construction. Some of these tasks include excavating the land where necessary and completing the general site rough grading.  These additional tasks can be scoped out when evaluating the site and preparing a plan on how the structure needs to be built.

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