Are you an aspiring self-builder looking to build your dream home, but finding it difficult to secure a plot of land? New government measures will be enforced from 1st April with the aim to have readily available land to meet the local demand. But before you invest in buying land, there are some factors may want to consider.

New register for self-builders

Your dreams of building your own home could be just around the corner. From 1st April local authorities must keep a register of self and custom builders who are looking for land for their new home construction.

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 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 site 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, you can learn more in our blog on building on flood plains

  • 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

By Frzana Ferguson