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Safety, Products and Liability: A Legal Blog

What Do You Need to Consider When Buying Land for Development?

by Liesanne Martin

While most people looking to move home will consider buying an existing property, others may want to stamp their personality on their new place and build a house from scratch. If you're in this situation, you may be looking for a great plot of land to establish your homestead. However, while this may seem a simple proposition, you must consider many factors before proceeding with any transaction. What are some of the potential stumbling blocks to look out for?

Drawing up a Shortlist

Once you have established your base parameters, you can begin to look for plots that could represent a candidate. You may need a minimum-size plot to cope with your ideal building size, and location may be very important to you. Some people will choose an elevated plot to get a nice view, while others will want land that faces a certain direction to take advantage of the noontime sun.

Assessing Costs

Consider the potential challenges should you choose a plot of land not in an already developed area. For example, you may have to pay a lot more to connect all the utilities if the relevant companies have not already established conduits in that area.

Investigating the History

You also need to look into the land's history and determine why it is being sold in the first place. Certainly, it's a question that you need to ask the seller outright, but you'll also need to do some research in the background to look at government records and other available information.

Understanding the Legal Restrictions

Is the property zoned for certain types of development? Ensure that you will be allowed to build a residential home before you even consider moving forward. Also, are there any encumbrances associated with the land? Could a third party have a lien against the property for some reason which will need to be settled before you can take ownership? Crucially, do any third parties have the right of access to the land (called an easement)?

This is where a neighbour may have the right to cross your property to get to theirs, or a utility company may have an underground facility that can only be reached from within that land. In both cases, this may restrict your ability to develop.

Working With a Conveyancer

You need to be as informed as possible before you can buy any virgin land ready for development. This is why you should always engage the services of an expert conveyancer, as they will know how to research and access that information.

Contact a conveyancing service to learn more.