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Buying Land to Build a Home

When it comes to building your own home, the most important part can be choosing the property itself. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when buying land to build on. With the help of the experts at UBuildIt, you can find the perfect land for your dream home.

The first thing that you need to consider is the location of the land. Do you want to build in a pre-existing neighborhood or do you want land where you can raise animals? If you love to garden, you’ll want to make sure that your land has soil that is good for gardening. Building your dream home, you don’t want to skip out on any aspect and when you build on your own land, you literally are starting from the ground up.

This is when you can take your time and find the land that is perfect for your home. When you’re going over your options, your UBuildIt guide will help evaluate the land, make sure that it fits your plan, and they’ll even provide a written site report. When you find property that you like, you will want to be sure it is fit for building the type of home you desire. Survey the land in person so you can estimate whether trees will need to be cleared or if hills should be leveled. It is also not a bad idea to tour the area with a local resident. They can give you details about how the roads are during the winter months and which neighbors are friendly.

Before you decide to make an offer on the land, it is always a good idea to get an appraisal. This will help ensure that you’re getting a fair price for the land so, if you choose, you can make an educated counteroffer.

Next, you’ll need to figure out the logistics of getting utilities out to your land. You’ll need to consider if there is a water company that you’ll use, or if you’ll install a well, use a septic or sewer system, how you’ll get electricity to the property, and what internet and cable services that you’ll use. These factors can often be a deal breaker for land and brining out utility lines, it may bring a hefty fee with it. You’ll want to incorporate utility fees into your budget and make sure that your land and utilities fit into your financial plan.

Now that you’ve found the perfect land, you’ll want to find out the zoning requirements. The land that you’ve chosen can have certain restrictions, including environmental, future community development, and you’ll need to find out the minimum distance that your home can be built from the property line. Making sure that your new home is within zoning regulations will save both time and money in the long run.

While you’re figuring out the zoning, you need to start gathering permits for your home, as well. Find out the exact permits you need, some locations require a small amount of permits, and some places will require you have a permit for every aspect of your build. These permits will help ensure that your building goes smoothly and your UBuildIt consultant can help guide this process and find which permits you will need.

Buying land will never go out of style regardless of what the current economic climate looks like. UBuildIt has been assisting clients in selecting land, surveying the area, financing the purchase, and securing the paperwork for many years. We have compiled a comprehensive list of tips for purchasing land and are happy to answer any questions. Reach out to your local UBuildIt office today for more information.

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