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Before buying a land for your dream home, there are certain things you should know about buying land. The first thing to know is that it is usually cheaper to buy land out in the country that closes to the city.
In the country, you get the benefits of cleaner air, more open spaces, and other areas with plenty of trees. However, although modern conveniences are available in the country, they are sometimes less reliable, so you will need a generator in case the utilities fail.
Also, going to the grocery store, out to eat or to the supermarket sometimes requires lots of driving, so it also requires lots of planning. If you live close to the city, all of the amenities that you will need are sometimes only a few blocks away.
One factor that you should definitely consider before you buy land is zoning requirements. You need to check with the local authorities (state, county, and city), and you need to determine what the zoning ordinances are and if you will be able to build the type of home that you want.
Smells and sounds are another things to consider before you decide to buy a parcel of land. In the city, you will have to deal with exhaust fumes, among other smells. In the country, you may be trading the smell of exhaust fumes for the smell of the pig farm that sits upwind from the parcel you purchased.
If you want to buy a parcel of land on a hill, then you need to know how likely it is that the hill might shift. Find out if your parcel of land is in a likely area for landslides.
If you are planning to buy near a body of water, you also need to know how the probability of flooding. If you are in an area likely to flood, do not buy the land, or think about a raised construction and plenty of flood insurance.
When you are buying land out in the country, you need to find out about easements, especially if you need to access your parcel by driving across an adjoining parcel of land. You are going to need to obtain an easement in this instance, and you need to make sure that it is recorded. In addition, you need to find out what right your neighbors have to cross your parcel of land.
Water is really important and not all water is potable, and water rights sometimes to do not run with the land. This means that you would have to dig your own well, which also means that you need to determine the depth of your table and how difficult it is to dig in the area. You also need to consider utilities, and how costly it might be to bring electricity to your land, as well as telephone lines, cable services, etc. if they are not already established there.
It is quite common to pay cash for land, so make sure you obtain an appraisal to determine an appropriate price before you decide to make an offer. Those are just some of the things that you consider and they are meant as a starting point, so make sure you do thorough research before you make the purchase.