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What to Look for When Buying Land to Build a House

f you’ve decided to build a home, you will need to start looking for some land to build it on.  To find the right parcel of land to build your dream home, there are several factors to consider.

First, decide on the area you wish to live.  You may have a few in mind.  Research the benefits of the area, and the best places within that area to live.  Think about how you will get around, distance from potential or current employment, and try to pinpoint two or three general areas.  

Research the laws and building codes in each area as well.  Strict building codes that will restrict or delay you in getting the home you want could be the final tiebreaker between two areas of land.

Once you’ve found a piece of land that you are interested in, have it surveyed if you’re serious.  Make sure you personally explore the property as well.  You are looking to get an idea of what will be a potential obstacle when it comes time to get the area ready to build on.  

Trees, rocks, and uneven ground are just some of the potential obstacles that you are looking to assess.  Consider the labor and cost into getting the land ready to build on.

Before you purchase your land, make sure you check on the property through the local public records.  The city hall should have records of any historical issues with the land, such as sewage, chemicals, or other harmful issues.  

They will also have purchase history, assessments, and surrounding property assessments so that you can make sure you are paying a fair and reasonable price.

Finding the perfect piece of land for your needs is your first step toward having your dream home.  If you do your research and make sure the property you are looking at can fit your needs, you will be on your way to making your vision come to life.

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