Conveyancers vs Surveyors

Published On: 24 August 2023
Navigating Property Transactions in South Australia

When it comes to real estate transactions in South Australia, two crucial professionals often take centre stage: conveyancers and surveyors.

While both play essential roles in ensuring a smooth property transaction, they each have a  unique set of skills and expertise.

Conveyancers:  Legal and Administrative Aspects

Conveyancers are legal professionals who specialise in property transactions. They focus on the legal aspects of buying and selling real estate. Their primary role is to facilitate the transfer of property ownership from the seller to the buyer. In South Australia, a conveyancer’s responsibilities include:

  1. Document Preparation and Review: Conveyancers draft and review legal documents, including contracts of sale and property transfer forms. They ensure that these documents adhere to all relevant laws and regulations.
  2. Title Searches: They conduct thorough title searches to verify the property’s ownership and identify any encumbrances or restrictions that might affect the transaction.
  3. Due Diligence: Conveyancers perform a meticulous investigation to uncover any potential issues that could impact the property’s value.
  4. Settlement Coordination: Conveyancers facilitate the settlement process, ensuring that all financial and legal obligations are met by both parties. They also liaise with banks and financial institutions to ensure a smooth transfer of funds.
  5. Stamp Duty and Taxation: Conveyancers calculate and manage stamp duty payments and other taxes associated with the property transaction.
Surveyors: the Physical Aspects

Surveyors, are professionals who specialise in evaluating the physical aspects of a property. They play a crucial role in assessing and mapping boundaries and a property’s characteristics. In South Australia, surveyors are responsible for:

  1. Boundary Identification: Surveyors  measure and identify property boundaries, ensuring that they align with legal descriptions.
  2. Land Division and Subdivision: They  ensure that  new parcels of land adhere to zoning and regulatory requirements.
  3. Site Analysis: Surveyors evaluate the topography, soil conditions, and other physical attributes of a property. This information can be crucial for development and construction projects.
  4. Building Setout: Surveyors assist builders by marking out the precise location for foundations and structures on the property, ensuring they adhere to plans and regulations.
  5. Easements and Encroachments: They identify any easements or encroachments that might affect the property, providing valuable information to both buyers and sellers.
  6. Height and Level Surveys: Surveyors perform height and level surveys to determine the elevation of land, which is vital for flood risk assessments and construction projects.
Collaboration for Successful Transactions

While conveyancers and surveyors have distinct roles, their collaboration is often crucial for a successful property transaction.

Conveyancers rely on surveyors’ findings to ensure the accuracy of legal documents and verify property details.

Surveyors benefit from conveyancers’ expertise to ensure that the property transaction adheres to all necessary regulations.

They  work together  u  on land divisions; Surveyors complete the groundwork, planning and approval process; Conveyancers complete the legal paperwork to create new titles.

While conveyancers handle the legal and documentation aspects, surveyors focus on the physical attributes of the property. Together, they ensure that buyers and sellers can navigate the complex world of real estate with confidence and clarity.