What Should Custom Lot Buyers Be Looking for?

 
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Here are six steps to take when evaluating potential land for a new home.



In a market like this where multiple offers, overbids, and high prices are commonplace, I have some clients who are looking to the future. They are getting ready to retire in California in about two years, so we’re looking for a custom lot to build their home.


If you’re in the same boat, here are some factors to consider when purchasing a custom lot:


1. Physical inspection. Look for things on the lot itself such as trees, fences, or other debris. Check the property lines, whether it’s gradable or not, etc.


2. Utilities. What kind of utilities will you need? Are you in the city and hooked up to the sewage system, or are you out in the country and need a septic system? If you do need to put them in, it’s important to factor in those costs.



"Having the right title information will protect you now and in the future."


3. Soil report. This isn’t super expensive. An inspector will take soil samples, do measurements, and give you a report on the soil you have. It could be filler or clay, and there could even be bedrock underneath. You need to have the soil report in order to build a structurally strong foundation for your new home.


4. Title information. You’ll need to do some background research on this lot. A title professional can check for any liens, encumbrances, encroachments, or easements. This will help protect you in the future as well.


5. Check if you’re in an HOA. If you are, you’ll need to review the CC&Rs, HOA docs, and bylaws to make sure the home you’re building will fit in with the community around it.


6. The city. Go into the city records and find out whether there are future city plans down the line for the area in which you’re building. Will you have a giant skyscraper built next door, or will it stay in a secluded area?


If you're set on building a new home, a custom lot is a great way to go. If you have questions about how to start this process or anything else related to real estate, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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