Building a new home is exciting, especially when you purchase your own land to build it on. When choosing the land, there are some things you need to consider. Below are two tips that you should find helpful so you will be happy in your new home.
Developed or Raw Land
If you are building in the country or outside of town, you need to consider if you should purchase raw land or purchase land that is already developed.
Building close to town will allow you to build on developed land. This is beneficial because the home will already be connected to the local water and electric utilities. If it is raw land, this means you will have to take steps to do these things on your own.
For your electricity, you can connect to the local power company. The cost for this may be expensive, however, and there are other ways to get electricity. For example, you can use solar power to generate enough electricity for your home. With solar power you could even make money. This is because if you have excess electricity that you do not use, the local power company may buy it from you.
For the water, you may be able to get public water but it will likely be a big expense for you because the utility company will have to extend pipes to your site. Some towns will extend their main water lines closer to your site and not charge you anything for it. Contact the local utility department in your area to ask about this.
The Land Grade
You need to know what the land grade is for the site. If the grade goes towards your home, every time you have a hard rain the water will flow to your home, which will cause flooding. If you have a large property, you can pick an area of land that has an even grade and build your home there. Even if the grade is not large and only a small amount of water flows towards your home, you could have problems with the foundation.
If you want to build your home where there is an uneven grade, you should hire a land grading contractor to come to the land and even it out. They have large machinery they can use to get the job done much quicker. If the grade is not large, you may be able to do it on your own.
Your real estate agent is the best source to go to for any questions or help that you may need with land you are considering buying land or houses for sale.