10 Things to Look for When Purchasing Land

1. Location

Close proximity to shopping, healthcare, Airport, Downtown. 20 miles or less from your work or shopping opportunities seems to be ideal for country living.

2. Schools

If you have school age children, most rural school districts will pick up students virtually at your front door, however this may not be the case in all areas. In some rural areas the student pick up may be as much as a mile away. This must be considered in inclement weather.

3. Drainage

Check your local land map which can be found at the county courthouse. These elevation maps will show you the drainage direction related to the property. Make sure any creek drainage does not end up on your property. Simply put, do not purchase land in low lying areas.

4. Water

If your property does not have water available from the city or private water company, you must put in a water well and septic system. The important thing here is to ask a few neighbors which well and septic company they used. This can be expensive and add a significant amount of money to the purchase price.

5. Natural Hazards

Obtain a natural hazard disclosure and look for soil problems. . A disclosure will tell you if the land is a protected habitat, which would prohibit building. Is the area a known fire hazard? Is the fire department supported solely by volunteers?

6. Zoning

Ask about future zoning, whether there are plans to put in shopping centers or airports, or to change nearby land uses that could also devalue your land.

7. What is required for a septic system?

Cost estimates?

8. Easements

Verify if there are easements on your lot for large power lines, pipelines, access to other properties, etc.

9. Understand what the Codes, Covenants & Restrictions (CC&Rs;) are

They can be basic or extremely strict. CC&Rs; can govern paint colors, building height, exterior material, landscaping, roofing and minimum square footage.

10. Has the land been improved?

Have the utilities wires and pipes been laid down in the land?