Top tips to consider when buying land for your home

Are you an aspiring self-builder looking to build your dream home, but finding it difficult to secure a plot of land? The Right to Build register may help, but it may not provide the ideal plot for you. In any case, before you invest in buying land, there are some factors you may want to consider.

Right to Build register for self-builders

Getting a suitable plot of land might be easier than you think. Local authorities in England have to keep a register of interest from self-builders and are required to make sufficient plots of land available to them. Getting your name on the register is a great place to start.

Buying land for the first time?

If this is the first time you are buying land and not quite sure what to look for, here are a few things to consider before you make that life changing investment.

  • Zoning Restrictions

You should find out the zone ordinance before you choose your plot of land as this will determine whether you can build the type of home you want or not i.e. certain zones can be used for residential or commercial use. It may also be worth asking about future zoning to see what developments may be built around your proposed home.

  • Soil Type

It is important to consider the type of soil where you are planning to build your dream home. There are certain types of soil that have high load-bearing capacity and drain well which is ideal for building and drainage. You can examine the soil type by taking a handful of soil from below the top soil which is usually no more than 6-10 inches deep.

  • Slope

You may want to avoid buying a plot of land with a steep slope as it will be difficult and costly when it comes to construction, so it’s best if you get a flat site or one with a moderate slope.

  • Elevation

If you are thinking of buying land near water, then you may want to consider the elevation factor when you start construction as you might need to build raised foundations or consider the additional cost of flood defences There may also be problems with home insurance, as our blog on building on flood plains explains.

  • Documentation

Ensure you have all your paperwork in order, including all legal documents relating to the land and any purchase details in writing.

Other factors to consider could be the location, utility and road access. For more tips on building your own dream home check out our blog on the 6 steps to building your dream home.

Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication.


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