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5 Things To Know Before Buying A Land To Build A House

February 20, 20233 min read

Buying land to build a house is a significant investment and requires careful consideration. Before you start searching for land, it's important to determine your needs and preferences. Consider factors such as location, size of the land, topography, and any other features that are important to you.

Here is a quick guide to help you make an informed decision before purchasing land for building a house:

1- Zoning Regulations and Restrictions 

Before purchasing a land to build a house, it's important to understand the zoning regulations and restrictions in the area. You should check with local authorities to determine the permitted uses of the land, whether there are any restrictions on building materials, minimum setback requirements, maximum height limitations, and other important factors that could affect your plans for construction. zoning regulations can also impact the resale value of your property. Properties located in areas with more flexible zoning regulations may be more desirable to potential buyers, which can impact the overall value of your property.

2- Soil and Geology of the Land

It's important to have a clear understanding of the soil and geology of the land before making a purchase. Different types of soil and geology can affect the stability and suitability of a foundation. Hire a soil engineer or geotechnical consultant to evaluate the land and determine its ability to support a structure. The soil and geology of the land can impact the cost of construction. For example, rocky or unstable soil can make excavation and foundation work more difficult and costly.

3- Environmental Factors

Consider any environmental factors that may affect the land, such as flood zones, wetlands, or endangered species. These factors can restrict the use of the land and could require special permits or mitigation measures before construction can begin. Environmental factors can impact the health and safety of the occupants of a home. For example, proximity to hazardous waste sites or pollution sources can increase the risk of health problems like respiratory issues or cancer.

4- Utilities and Access

Determine the availability and accessibility of utilities such as electricity, water, and sewer systems. If these are not available, it could significantly increase the cost of construction. In addition, assess the ease of access to the land, including road conditions and easements that may be required. When considering utilities, it's essential to verify that the property has access to a reliable source of electricity, water, and sewage services. In some cases, the land may require the installation of these services, which can be costly and time-consuming.

5- Cost and Financing

Determine the total cost of the land and construction, including any associated fees such as taxes and permits. Evaluate the financing options available to you, including mortgages, loans, and grants. It's important to have a realistic budget and to plan for unexpected expenses that may arise during construction.

To Conclude

Understanding zoning laws and building codes is important as they dictate what can and cannot be built on the land. Soil quality and environmental concerns are also important to evaluate to ensure the land is suitable for building and won't pose any health risks or legal issues. Access to utilities such as electricity, water, and sewage is necessary for building a house. The location and neighborhood of the land can affect the value of the property and quality of life. Finally, it's important to consider the cost of the land, building materials, and associated fees or permits, as well as exploring financing options and budgeting accordingly.

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TJ Vitense

Founder of Sanctified Homes and Construction & the Blessed to Build Foundation, TJ believes in raising the industry standards. With his company Strategic Real Estate Experts, he helped hundreds of families buy and sell homes. And, now manages new home construction as one of Wisconsin's best home builders.

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