Find the Right Location to Build: Top 6 Tips

  • By Jeremy Thompson
  • 01 May, 2013
Do not buy land that has little to no resale value. If you’re buying a few acres of land to build a house on you want to consider things like the school district, and how far away it is from major cities, stores and restaurants. The further you go out into the country, the cheaper […] The post Find the Right Location to Build: Top 6 Tips appeared first on J. Thompson Builders.
  1. Do not buy land that has little to no resale value.If you’re buying a few acres of land to build a house on you want to consider things like the school district, and how far away it is from major cities, stores and restaurants. The further you go out into the country, the cheaper land becomes, but the harder it also becomes to sell.
  2. Shop for the community when you shop for land.The place you want to ultimately choose to live is also the place you want your kids to grow up, where you want to spend your time and it should also be a community you want to support and help prosper.
  3. Consider the expenses you could incur when buying an empty lot.In some cases you may have to pay to run electricity, phone lines and water to the home. Dependent on how rural the land is, you may also have to drill a well or install a septic system. Purchasing a plot of land which already has utilities installed will save you money.
  4. Check with the area’s local government about any zoning ordinances.Some laws may not permit you to build on the land, or they may restrict you from building the home you want. Subdivisions may have additional restrictions on the type of home you can build on a lot. As well, you will want to understand the county’s long-term plans for the surrounding land so you’ll know if major roads, busy intersections or interstates, or commercial areas are going to intrude on your quiet property. Understand other subdivision restrictions. Besides zoning laws within a subdivision, the land plots often come with other restrictions. The subdivision’s homeowner’s association may charge membership fees, and have rules for how often you mow, where you can park your vehicles or how you deal with waste removal.
  5. In addition to a land survey, have a floodplain survey conducted.While it will cost you more to conduct a survey, being in a flood zone and not knowing you are located in an area prone to flooding will cost you more in the long run. Flood zones have letter designations. Zone A is a 1% chance of yearly flooding, and flood insurance is required if you build on land with this designation. Zones X and C are the best ratings as those areas are estimated to incur less than a .2% chance of yearly flooding.
  6. Consider topography (the shape and elevation) of the land when selecting a lot.If the land has uneven ground you will incur the extra cost of grading it.
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