Building A House
Buying Land & Building
Before you spend much time looking for land to buy, first do a little
research to find out what costs and steps have to be take before
the actual construction. You may decide it is worth more to buy
an existing home and make personal modifications. Many first time
home builders think you just buy a lot and get some building permits
and start building. Not so, there are a number of steps and issues
one has to consider before applying for building permits.
When buying land, you need to check the zoning to
see if a home can be built on it. If it is zoned for residential,
one must consider if it can be hooked up to sewer and water or is
capable of supporting a septic system and well.
Septic systems generally cost $5,000-$10,000. Wells
can cost $15,000-$40,000, depending on the depth, location and the
need for a secondary pressure tank.
Building in an unincorporated area usually requires
a secondary pressure tank for the required interior fire sprinklers.
Then there is the cost of bringing in other utilities such as electricity,
propane tanks and phone lines.
Certain areas in the area require a "Perq Test"
to determine if the site is suitable for the required septic system.
This involves digging a hole and waiting a few days to determine
if the ground water rises to the point where a septic system would
contaminate it. This test can only be done during the rainy season.
Grading a lot can be a major cost of building a home. Many lots
are priced seemingly low because the high cost of grading and site
preparation in order to build.
Obtaining a loan on land is not as easy as getting a loan for buying
a house. Buying raw land, lenders typically require 50% down usually
with a shorter term and a higher rate of interest. Once these steps
are taken the next stop is the local planning department. Visit
the Palm Beach Building, Zoning and Code Enforcement website.
here to find out what homes are listed for sale in the Palm Beach
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