Property subdivision has helped many property owners utilise their land effectively for years, and you can benefit as well. However, the excitement and promises that are associated with such projects shouldn't blind you. It would help if you prepared adequately to ensure the project is a success so you can attain your objectives. So, what are some of the things you should do? The following quick tips should assist you in preparing, especially if it's your first time embarking on such a project.

Check the zoning

The local authorities usually have plan maps for each zone, so before you plan how the subdivision will be carried out, be sure to confirm what zone your land is in and the rules and regulations that apply. Perhaps the site is up-zoned, allowing you to do more projects than you could in the past. This often occurs if the land is located in the apartment and mixed urban housing zones.

Once you learn something new, you should consider calling the council for confirmation. Most local authorities have service centres that offer free advice online or on the phone and will offer more details on what you can do or can't do. You'll also be informed about any restrictions or hazards on your site.

Involve the experts

Since the council has provided all the details you need to know to clear your doubts, it's time to engage the experts. One of the professionals you will need to work with is a planning consultant. This professional will provide the guidance you require to create your proposal and design the subdivision plan. The other expert you will need is a surveyor. Surveyors are all about practical work — they will prepare the actual land subdivision plans you will lodge with the local authority. The engineering aspects of the land are also designed by the surveyor.

Remember to walk around the target site and use a map to work out the most practical positions for the new boundaries, services (like electricity, water, sewage, data cabling, etc.) and access. You may also discuss this with your neighbours to get more information. All this reduces your consultation costs.

Know your expenses

Every project you embark on will definitely cost you money. Therefore, you must familiarise yourself with the land subdivision expenses from the beginning. This way, you'll be able to allocate enough funds for the project. Most landowners mainly consider the resource consent cost, but there are other expenses like building, utility provision, engineering works, survey, building consent, access ways and legal costs.