Building a custom home is an exciting venture, but it can also be a daunting task, especially when it comes to finding the ideal piece of land to build it on. To ensure that your dream home becomes a reality, it is essential to take the necessary steps before committing to the property. Here is a more detailed guide on how to find the right location for your custom home.
1. Walk The Lot With Us
Too many times, we have clients that purchase a lot without knowing the amount of improvement costs needed to start building. Is there sewer or septic? Has a sewer tap been paid for? Where are the utilities located and how much will it cost to get to the house? There are numerous things on any property that can add significant costs. Please walk the lot with someone who knows the costs associated with building on a lot before you buy.
2. Research Zoning Laws
Before purchasing any land, it's essential to research local zoning laws. Each state and city has its own set of regulations and restrictions that you need to follow. This step will help you determine what you can and cannot build on the property, as well as any other legal restrictions that may impact your plans. It's also important to research any future development plans for the area, as this could impact the overall value of your property and future custom luxury home. Also, different jurisdictions require different improvements to be made to certain lots. You may be required to make certain improvements that will add costs before you start building.
3. Get A Survey
Getting a survey done on the land property before you buy it is crucial. It will help you identify any potential issues such as easements, boundary disputes, or other legal issues that could impact your ability to build on the property. This step will help you make an informed decision and avoid any legal disputes in the future.
4. Consider The Terrain
The terrain of the property can have a significant impact on your ability to build on it as well as cause additional costs. It's essential to assess the land's topography, soil composition, and geology to ensure that it can support your home's foundation and structure. For instance, if the property is on a steep slope, it may be more difficult and expensive to build on. Similarly, if the property is in a flood zone, you may need to take additional steps to protect your home from potential flooding.
5. Should I Get A Soil Test? (Not Always Needed)
Getting a soil test done can help you determine the composition and stability of the soil on the property. This information can be important when it comes to designing your new custom home's foundation and determining any potential drainage or erosion issues. The soil test will also help you understand whether the land is suitable for the type of landscaping and outdoor activities you plan to have on the property.
Build On Your Lot Or Ours
Finding the perfect property to build your custom home on is a crucial step towards making your dream home a reality as well as putting together the most accurate budget before you start. Call us before you purchase your property so you can make an informed decision and avoid any potential issues that could arise in the future. We strongly encourage you to reach out to the land and building experts at The Robert Lucke Group before taking any other steps. We will make sure your search goes smoothly, whether you choose to build your dream custom home on your lot or ours!