Building your own home and being able to design everything to the most minuscule detail is a common dream. If you find yourself in the position to start the process it’s an exciting time.
The first step to building your dream home is to find the perfect location. With over 320,000 acres of land for sale in North Carolina, there are plenty of options. Narrowing this down to find the right plot of land can be a big task, however. That’s where JC Jackson Homes can help.
What To Consider When Buying Land
When looking for the perfect plot of land to build the home you’ve always wanted, there are a lot of factors that may impact how you can build your home to take into consideration:
An easement is a law in place on some areas of land that gives other people the right to use it for a specific purpose. For example, there may be an easement in place on a plot of land that requires members of the public to be able to pass through. This would restrict where you can build on that piece of land.
Similar to easements, certain land may be protected by law to conserve trees, wildlife and important historical sites. Such laws can make it difficult to get planning permission, although they usually imply natural beauty so this may be a challenge you want to take on.
- Zoning Restrictions
Zoning restrictions are local regulations in place to control how certain areas are developed. They usually protect communities from disruption by commercial developments, or they may protect certain environments from becoming over-developed. Zoning differs between counties and determines the location, purpose and size of a building that’s allowed on a plot of land.
- Environment Flooding
For obvious reasons, you don’t want to build your dream home in an area prone to flooding. This could cause expensive damage to your home and impact ground stability.
Land contamination can be caused by drainage issues or closeness to factories, mines or fracking sites. Aside from making any garden plans you may have harder to realize, contamination devalues the land, which isn’t good if you ever intend to sell.
- Permeability/Perc Test
- Since much of the land available in this area is rural, and may have been farmland previously, a septic system will likely need to be installed. Before that can happen, the land needs to pass a perc test. Traditional septic systems only work if the soil is sufficiently permeable. To determine if a building site is suitable for a septic system, a percolation test is required. A failed perc test means that no house can be built – which is why you should make any offer to purchase land contingent on the site passing the soil and perc tests.
How JC Jackson Can Help
If these factors sound complicated, that’s why we’re here to do the work for you! Our On Your Land Specialist can help you narrow down your location, taking into account all the necessary considerations so you don’t have to. He can recommend a land realtor and advise you on what area to look at. He can also perform land inspections on two properties for free, prior to you purchasing the land.
Build your new JC Jackson home virtually anywhere in Coastal Carolina, including Carteret, Craven, Jones and Pamlico Counties, as well as areas of Beaufort, Lenoir, Onslow, and Pitt Counties.
Contact us today to see how we can make buying your perfect plot of land easier.