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Things to Know Before Buying Land: Tips 11-15

While many people look for land to build a home on that is relatively close to cities, others want a home site that is further out and lets them feel closer to nature. Regardless, when it comes time to build, you want a home builder in Grand Forks ND like Crary Real Estate. If you’re looking for land on your own, here are some final tips to keep in mind, especially if you are looking to get back to nature.


  1. Hunting. If you want to hunt on your own land, you’re going to need acres, and no neighbors nearby as a deer rifle bullet can potentially travel a mile or more. You’ll also need to make sure hunting is allowed and what the season is. Fortunately, even if you can’t hunt on your own land, there are areas for hunting around Grand Forks.


  1. Forest. For those who really want to get back to nature and rely on wood for heating and perhaps even cooking, you’ll need to think about the type of forest that is available on the land if you’re planning on harvesting your own wood, rather than buying. The best trees for firewood are hardwoods like maple, oak, ash, and birch. Softwoods don’t do well. However, you’ll need four or more acres and you’ll need to manage it properly to keep it sustainable. If you’re just looking for places to hike, then the type of forest wood may not be as important as the terrain.


  1. Pests. You don’t have to go far to come across pests like raccoons, mosquitos, and black flies, but they can be a bigger issue the further out you are. You’ll need bug zappers and ways to secure any trash, not to mention possible vented covers for chimneys to prevent raccoons from getting into your home.


  1. Property Taxes. The other form of pest could be property taxes. If you’re buying an empty lot, the taxes may be relatively low. However, once you build on your property, your taxes will go up. A piece of land with a home is more expensive than just an empty lot. Be aware ahead of time of what your potential final property taxes may be. Your agent should be able to help you find out this information.


  1. Building Codes. Invariably, there will be some building codes and bylaws that you will be required to know. Otherwise you could face penalties and possible rebuilding. Local bylaws vary, but typically include issues such as the distance between your home and bodies of water, water-system requirements, waste removal, year-round roof and wall insulation requirements, and livestock rules to name just a few.


While a home builder in Grand Forks ND may be familiar with local bylaws when it comes time to build, you should know these and other legal issues before purchasing the land so that there are no unpleasant surprises. The more knowledge you have before purchasing, the better lot you will ultimately find to ensure you can build your dream home on your ideal lot. Contact us for more information and to see our available lots that are already approved for building to reduce some of the hassle.

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