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First Time Homebuyer’s Guide To Choosing A Lot August 9, 2010

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Did you ever consider building your own dream home? The first thing that you have to do to achieve this dream is to find the right piece of property. There are some things that you have to take into consideration aside from where it is located, there are different types and styles of real estate properties in MN to choose from. In addition to these, it is best that you are aware of such things such as the lots accessibility to power and other important amenities and the natural features that are found in the area.

The author of “Tips and Traps When Buying a Home”, Robert Irwin, recommends using a checklist when searching for a lot as a first time home buyer to avoid missing any critical details. Here are some essential tips that you can use to help you find the right property to build on:

1. Map out the nearby towns and cities. If the property you are considering is located in a rural area, you would have to know how far away it is from the nearest town and city. This is an important factor to be aware of since you might have to commute from your future home to work. Take the time to find out what your travel time is and what access roads to take so to get to the places you might need to go to like schools or hospitals.

2. Review natural features. How many trees are in and around the lot? Do you have access to a lake? How far is it from your new home? Many first time homebuyers overlook these important details when they have found what looks to be like their ideal lot. However, building a house that is very close to a lake or a forest means you may need to deal with wildlife and flooding during certain times of the year.

3. Find out where the water source is. When you live in a city or urban area, you typically don’t consider where the water is going to come from. When you are building a home on new land – especially in the countryside – you may need to work with a private water company and find ways to irrigate your gardens and land.

4. Find out the soil quality. When you plan to build a new home, you have to know the quality of the soil you will be building on. This is an important factor as it will ensure that your new home is going to have a solid foundation. There are professionals you can hire to assess the soil quality of the lot if you do not know how to check it.

5. Find out about building restrictions. Knowing what the building restrictions are in the area that you plan to build a new home will aid you in your planning. It is highly possible that there are restrictions on what you can build, how much you can renovate or remodel, especially if the property is located near a national forest, a wildlife preserve or a major landmark. Being aware of any restrictions will can help you decide what to do and save you from investing in something that you might regret on a later date.

Aside from assessing the physical features of the lot, you have to review the title in detail. Find out if it is a clear title and if there are no easements of any kind on the lot. Try to use these tips to help you find that ideal lot to build your dream home.