Finding the perfect home is easy when you’re building your own from the ground up! The opportunities for features that enhance your unique lifestyle are practically endless. However, opportunity begins with the land you select. Whether you’re working in a new development or you’ve found some land in the hills away from everything, it’s important to be smart about choosing your own piece of Earth.
At New Frontier Homes, we have built many different homes in Watkins, and we fully understand the importance of a good plot of land. In our last blog, we discussed important considerations to make when searching for land, including community style, road access, and understanding the size and shape of a possible plot by accessing satellite images. Today, we have a few more insights we hope will pave your path to a beautiful new home in the perfect location!
Valuable Tips for Selecting a Building Plot – Continued!
Finding the right piece of land is easier when you know what to look for and how to get what you need. Read on to learn more!
Double-check utilities and infrastructure.
Getting water and sewer into your property isn’t an option, and doing it can be really expensive. The list doesn’t end there, though. After ensuring there are no hidden fees around sewer and water, check on internet, power, and cable. If you are going to install your own septic system, the soil needs the correct absorption rate in order to be successful. By doing your homework with the guide of a professional, you will avoid a lot of unpleasant (and often expensive) surprises.
Walk the property.
Visiting a site in person before choosing to go with it is absolutely essential. Walk the entire property and consider more than what you see. You might see a cute little stream, but does it turn into a raging river in the spring? You may want to put your patio facing west for a few of the mountains, but that won’t work if there’s a bunch of wetlands right where you want to put it. Watch for large dead areas, which can indicate hidden problems. For instance, the seller might just be neglecting to tell you that there’s gas tank buried right where you want to put your home. Again, mistakes in this area can be very expensive.
Understand the site’s restrictions.
It’s no use getting a piece of land if you aren’t allowed to build the way you want to on it. Do your research and find out if there are restrictive covenants, historic districts, environmental conditions, or HOA rules that will cramp your style. You can get in trouble for putting your home just 15 inches too close to the road, so it’s important to be familiar with the unique rules around your chosen land. The help of a professional broker familiar with the area can make all the difference.
Figure out who is going to build your home.
Some lots come with attached builders or stock building plans, which can be a great option. However, if you’re hoping to customize everything, you will want to make sure your property is free and ready for the builder of your choice.