STUDY THE LOT: 

There are countless things to look over when you’re considering buying a lot to build on. A thorough inspection of the lot is a necessary step in the process. We always recommend a 60 day study period with a contract offer so it can be determined if the lot is suitable for a build. Although we recommend you use a variety of different specialists to complete this study, we will participate in it with you every step of the way. From lot selection, to house design, to eventually the finished product… We are in this together!

SHAPE AND SLOPE:

It is important to make sure your lot has a shape that will allow us to properly build on it. If a lot is too long and narrow it can cause issues in the building process, compared to a more square shaped lot, or large plot of land. Additionally, the slope of your lot is just as important, as a well draining lot will prevent your future home from water damage. It can also affect your home’s final design because if the slope is too steep it can increase the final foundation cost. 

UTILITIES: 

Does your lot have access to public utilities like sewer and water? Will you need to install a septic tank? This is one of the first things you should identify. Installing septic systems can be a pricey addition to your budget. 

LAND AND SOIL: 

You’ll also want to make sure there is enough land on your lot to provide outdoor space after building, if that is something you desire. If you’re planning on having solar panels eventually installed on your property, be sure your lot is suited for it. In the Northern Hemisphere solar panels are to face true south in order to receive the direct light they need all day. 

Identifying what kind of soil lies on your lot can help you prevent issues during construction. Not all soil is firm and still. Some soil expands and moves. Hire a well informed soil engineer to test the ground on the lot and make sure it is well suited for building. 

Assess the number of trees on your lot and determine how many will need to be removed to begin construction. It is very possible to do this but requires budgeting planned for in advance. 

LOCATION + DEVELOPMENT: 

Location is an important factor not only for personal preference, but the value of your property in the future. Areas with good schools, nice parks and trails, and top-notch infrastructure will boost your home’s resale value while bettering your family’s quality of life overall. 

If you’re looking at a lot in a pre-existing neighborhood, find out if there is a Homeowners Association (HOA). They may have certain square footage or style requirements you’ll be required to meet if you decide to build. 

If your lot is not in an already highly developed area, you can ask your city’s planning and zoning departments about future plans for development in your area. If you would rather be tucked away from the hustle and bustle, that lot may not be for you. However, building in a soon-to-be developed area can greatly increase your home’s resale value in the future without the pricey cost of a lot in other developed areas. It can come with cons too, as lots of development means lots of construction with loud noises and traffic delays. 

LET US HELP: 

Although choosing a lot seems daunting, we have helped countless homeowners find the perfect lot for their dream home. If you’re unsure about any of these steps, ask us for help. We are more than willing to help you figure out what lot is best for the dream home you want to live in. Don’t feel like you have to do it all on your own- we are here to guide you and make things perfect!