Case Study – Easement Woes

With over 35 years of experience, the team at Linear Land Surveying has helped thousands of clients with their land surveying needs.

If we had the opportunity to share one piece of surveying advice to everyone, it would be this:

Before purchasing a property, make sure you have a licensed land surveyor review the title and check the boundaries.

We have unfortunately seen many client’s face issues after purchasing a property because they didn’t know the importance of checking a title or surveying the property’s boundaries at the time of purchasing.

Hopefully the below case study can help you avoid a similar headache when it comes to your property ventures.

The Case of the Easement

A young couple purchased a small 1970s home on a larger piece of land. Their goal was to eventually renovate and extend on the established home as their family grew.

After 8 years living in their property, the growing family had an architect draw up some plans for a 3 bedroom, living room and kitchen renovation and extension.

During the design process, they engaged the Linear team to complete a Title Re-establishment (Boundary) Survey and a Feature & Level Survey. These surveys are crucial to the design team and ensure the plans fit within the property’s boundaries.

We unfortunately had to inform the family that their title included an easement for drainage, which they were not permitted to build across. This easement caused significant issues to their renovation and extension dreams. The couple recognised that they would not have purchased the property had they known their development goals were going to be hindered this significantly.

Unfortunately, this young family were not able to build the extension they originally had hoped for and were forced to spend more money to work with their architect on alternative designs.

We recommend having a licensed surveyor review your title and boundary before the purchase of a property is finalised.

How can we help?

If you are purchasing a new property and want to be sure you understand your title and know your boundaries, give Sam and team at Linear Land Surveying(Melbourne land surveyors) a call on 9873 8888, or email for more information and help.

The information on this website is intended to be general in nature and is not personalised land development advice. It does not take into account your specific objectives, land development site or financial situation. Before acting on any information, you should consider the appropriateness of the information provided and seek more specific advice from the professional team at Linear Land Surveying


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