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5 Things to Consider When Building on New Property

5 Things to Consider When Building on New Property

Building on a new property might seem like the chance to do whatever you want with it. It is rare that anyone has that much freedom. Now that you have the property and the dream, it is time to not hold back, within reason of course. If you are ever faced with this situation, it helps to know a handful of things that you need to consider. Here are some overlooked things to remember when building.

Know the Zoning

If there are zoning laws that apply to your new property, that might dictate whether you can build something residential or commercial. These laws might even stipulate the kinds of residential housing or commercial establishments that you can do. You might be able to fight successfully for an exception or a rezoning, but most of the time, you'll have to stay within the legal limits.

Be aware of anything that may restrict you from building a shed or extra building on your property. If it is your dream to have a detached shop, then you may need to relocate. Or another option is to build the shop into the garage. Even though it’s not detached you can always put up an interior wall separating the two areas.

Analyze Your Possibilities

Even inside zoning restrictions, you might have many options. Depending on the restrictions you may not be allowed to exceed a certain size of foundation for your home, which may decrease the square footage you were hoping for. On the other hand, you may be allowed to have multiple buildings. Likewise, a commercially zoned space might be anything from a doctor's office to a gas station. List out all your possibilities and see what appeals to you.

Make sure to talk to a professional about what would be an appropriate option, but don’t hesitate to stretch your imagination with your goals and see what you can do to make your property your own.

Find a Quality Gravel Supplier

You'll have to find many different professionals and suppliers for your building process. A good stone gravel supplier might be one of the first calls you make. A stone gravel parking lot can provide space for construction parking early on. You might also use it later on for xeriscaping and proper drainage under downspouts. Xeriscaping is something that has become quite popular, especially in high drought areas. Gravel landscape helps beautify your yard without much maintenance, it can also give your property a little extra color or contrast.

Search For the Right Architect

Someone has to actually do the design of anything you decide to build. You might do a lot with websites or floor plan software, but you'll eventually need a professional architect who can lay everything out to code. The blueprints that are eventually completed are not something you should skimp on. It may even be a good idea to sit down and double-check all the plans to make sure something hasn’t been missed or overlooked.

Find an Experienced Builder

Unless you plan on doing your own construction, you'll need a builder. Get consultations with at least three to get to know your options. Try to choose one that balances cost-effectiveness with experience in your kind of construction. The biggest thing is just who you feel the most comfortable with personally, of course. If you are building in a newer neighborhood it may help to ask your new neighbors about who they used to build their home and discuss their experiences with who they chose. Word of mouth is often the best way to gather information about a business. Especially since the task at hand is not something you want to be taken lightly.

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Decisions Have Consequences

The choices you make when building on new property will have consequences that last a long time. It might be months to even years before you know you built the right thing on your lot, and changing things later is going to be even more expensive. You can't guarantee all will work well in the future, but making smart moves boosts your likelihood of not regretting anything over the years. Take your time and do your own research. It is your home or business that is going up, no one will care as much as you do about the outcome.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Anica Oaks

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