Buy or Build?June 9, 2013
You’ve looked and looked and still haven’t found your dream home. Now what do you do? If you’re considering building, just take into consideration a few things you’ll need to know. Talk to the Zoning Commission to make sure you understand any zoning issues in the neighborhood or covenants that might affect how you build. For instance, finding the perfect lot in a historic district is great, but you’ll need to check because chances are, a modern house design wouldn’t be allowed.
Make sure that all your utilities are available. Water, power, sewer and gas lines should be easy to hook up and if there’s a steep grade, you must check to see if you’re going to need any kind of special foot path or retaining wall built. Double check your property lines, even if you have all your documents and a copy of the plat. Lines can change or be altered over the life of the land and finding out now if your neighbor is over the line or you might be will save time and headaches later. Get to know three professionals before you build as well: an engineer, a contractor and a professional Realtor®.