Finding The Perfect Plot: Integra Builders’ Guide to Location, Utilities, and Legal Considerations

This checklist dives into three key aspects to consider when buying a home site: location, utilities, and legal factors.

Location, Location, Location!

  • Sunshine: East-facing homes get morning sun, while south-facing homes get even light throughout the day.
  • Green Space: Being near parks or undeveloped land can increase property value and offer recreational opportunities.
  • Cell Service: Check for good cell reception, especially if you live in a rural area.
  • Highway Access: Consider how close you need to be to major roads.
  • Schools: If schools are important, ensure your chosen area isn’t slated for rezoning.
  • Nighttime Ambiance: Check street lighting and be aware of potential light pollution from neighbors.
  • Observe the Neighborhood: Visit the property at various times to get a feel for the surroundings.

Utilities: Powering Your New Home

  • Electricity: Factor in the cost of running power lines from the street to your house.
  • Cable and Internet: Contact providers for service availability and pricing. Explore fiber optic options if available.
  • Water Source: Consider city water or a private well with a submersible pump for efficiency.
  • Sewer System: If the municipality does not provide service to your site, a septic system may be necessary.

Legal Considerations: Building on Solid Ground

  • Zoning: Ensure the property zoning allows for your intended use (residential, agricultural, etc.).
  • Property Taxes: Research property tax rates in your chosen area.
  • Driveway and Utility Easements: Understand any shared driveway agreements or potential future utility easements.
  • Future Development: Be aware of planned road expansions or construction projects.
  • Building Restrictions: Research restrictions due to wetlands, historical areas, endangered species, or a neighborhood homeowners association.
  • Flood Zones: Flood zone properties require flood insurance.
  • Water and Mineral Rights: In some areas, water and mineral rights may not be included with the property purchase.

Bonus: Considering the Land Itself

  • Topography: Avoid properties on steep slopes or in low-lying areas prone to flooding.
  • Soil Suitability: Check soil composition to ensure proper foundation support.
  • Neighboring Properties: Consider future development plans on neighboring lots.
  • Solar Panels: If considering solar, ensure there’s adequate space for ground-mounted panels.
  • Trees: Evaluate the types of trees on the property for aesthetics, potential invasiveness, and privacy.
  • Drainage: Look for signs of poor drainage and consider solutions during construction.

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