What considerations should you make when deciding where to buy your land? The Log Homes Council has a list of tips to help you find a deal on the property that’s right for you. We’ve excerpted a few of them here, but be sure to see them all at http://www.loghomes.org/content/how-locate-land
Start Shopping Online
Begin your search online. There are scores of websites devoted to land purchases, including Land and Farm, Land Watch, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s resale website.
Quality of Life
Getting a good deal on the price is great. But one has to weigh other factors. Do you like the view? How far away is the supermarket, fire or police protection and other necessities? Will weather affect access?
Zoning & Density
Start by visiting the local building department, either on the city or county level. Research the zoning and density requirements that surround your potential building site. Understand how your building site will be impacted by a nearby development, as well as in the community as a whole.
Will you be on a well and septic system or will your building site have access to public water, sewer and electrical or will you have to build “off the grid?” The cost of these has to be factored into your budget.
Federal & State Lands
If you’re shopping for pristine land, look for areas that fall under federally protected land and wildlife rules. Even if land is privately owned, it will be subject to certain restrictions to protect endangered species. Critical habitats, including migration routes for eagles, spotted owls or bats, are typically exempt from large-scale developments, large power lines or highways.
Transportation & Traffic
Analyze the access to your building site (is there more than one road in?) as well as to the community as a whole. Ideally, you’d want well-maintained roads and highways with a regional airport within an hour or two drive. But you don’t want so much traffic congestion that it impacts pollution levels and noise.
Covenant-controlled communities limit what you can do with your own property. This seems intrusive at first glance. But it’s the only way for developers to tread lightly on the land and preserve their clients’ investments in the process. If there are no land use rules, your neighbors may invite every cousin to park an RV in their front yard-forever. Neighbors can be more than an annoyance; they can detract from the value of your investment.
Get all the tips and more at http://www.loghomes.org/content/how-locate-land