Many people buy land because they want to build a custom home to their own specifications or want to use that strip of greenery to more specific purposes like breeding horses, or having a huge landscape or even build a small establishment. While building establishments require commercial sanctions and many related approvals, using these for domestic purposes does not require so many approvals. Most buyers invest in land because they want cleaner air and more space. Wide open areas without trees shading the house are perfect settings in which to install solar panels, which is a concern for many environmentally concerned buyers who use green building materials.
There are many concerns which normally haunt buyers when they proceed to buy land for building a home. While most buyers are mostly concerned with the legal aspects of the land, there are also concerns raised regarding the safety, security and natural hazards that may impair your living. If you indeed do buy a land to construct a home, there are a few precautions that you would need to take before you actually start the constriction. The first and most important aspect that concerns such a construction is the availability of men and materials required for the construction. Some owners buy land in really far off places, which makes it difficult to organize the required skilled manpower as well as equipments and materials required for the activity. Although modern conveniences are available, they aren't always reliable in the middle of nowhere, which is why having backup plans are important. A generator can help immensely when utilities fail. Also, you might have to pay more for skilled manpower in such areas due to the scarcity of these, hence make sure that you budget your expenses accordingly.
If you are new to the area where you have purchased land and are planning to start a construction soon, it might be a good idea to rent a home first before beginning the construction. As a new resident, you can get to know the community first hand and hear stories from local owners which you would normally not hear from your agent. Check with the local authorities to determine zoning ordinances and whether you can build the type of home you want before committing to buying the land. Many states have environmental protection laws which prohibit construction on certain stretches, hence be sure that the land you are buying is eligible for home construction. Ask about future zoning, whether there are plans to put in shopping centers or airports, or to change nearby land uses that could also devalue your land. Obtaining a natural hazard disclosure is a good idea and you could also lookout for quality of soil and related soil problems. A disclosure will tell you if the land is a protected habitat, which would prohibit buildings.