Once you purchase the perfect lot for your new house, there are a several additional requirements before you can start building on the land:
- You will need a land survey. The land survey defines the boundary lines of your property, and shows the elevations, as well as the location of any existing structures, utilities, easements, roadways and trees. The cost for a land survey will depend on the size of your lot, the amount of trees, and the number of corners to the lot.
- You will need to put a protective barrier around any trees that will remain on the property after the house has been completed. A special note about trees: Each municipality has a list of trees that are protected and will require a permit to cut down. The Grand Oak and Mangrove trees are two such examples.
- You will need to clear the land of large rocks and vegetation that may be in the way of the house foundation and driveway. You may also need to demolish any existing structures.
- You may need to grade the land for drainage control, to make sure it is level, and to prevent erosion.
- If your lot is in a flood zone, you may need to build up the land to meet the required elevation for the house. You will also need an Elevation Certificate to obtain FEMA flood insurance once the house is done.
The experienced professionals at All State Homes can help you determine the costs above for your particular lot and explain each step of the site preparation process. Contact All State Homes today.