Buying Land to build your home here in Sonoma County is the dream of many. In part 1 I talked about why you need to partner up with a country property expert to help you navigate the process. Here I want to talk about some of the things we will need to find out together.
First of all, there are a few things that a savvy land seller can do to prepare to sell. The best thing they can do is to put in a well and have the septic system engineered. This is money well spent for them as the value of the property is maximized and its “build ability” is confirmed.
Many sellers are not in a position to afford to so thus offering the buyer a chance to get a better deal on the property. The buyer of course then incurs these expenses themselves.
It is up to me, as your real estate professional, to protect you in any contract when buying land. The last thing you want is to spend money on a piece of property that is not build-able. Sometimes you can negotiate to get the seller to do some or all of the work (which will be added to the price) but the peace of mind may be worth it.
If the seller can not or will not do the work, here are the most important issues as a land buyer that you need to know prior to closing your deal:
- Is the property actually zoned to build a home, and the scope and size of the home you are permitted to build
- Water availability-quantity and quality
- Septic suitability
- Geological stability
- Accessibility to electrical
- Any easement rights or built in addendum's to the property rights
Building your own home is the best way to get the home of your dreams. And, once you have your land, you will want a dream team to help you achieve your goal. This team should include an architect and interior designer who “gets” you, and a great contractor to work together with you and help fulfill YOUR dream.
To find out more about the price ranges for some of the infrastructure needs you will have, call me at 707-823-2533. As a Country Property Graduate, I am here to help you find the perfect spot for you!
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