Sometimes, finding the perfect home can feel like a challenge. If you decide to build rather than buy, you have the freedom to create your dream property. However, choosing the wrong plot could restrict your final build. So, what should you look for?
Rather than trying to look at every available plot across a wide area, it’s easier to focus your search right from the start. Then, you can see what’s available there and narrow down your options accordingly. After all, it’s better to know straight away if you need to alter your plans.
Wherever you decide to look, you will probably be dependent on infrastructure in some way. This might mean checking access routes are good enough to facilitate construction work, looking at internet availability, or considering the cost of transporting materials.
If you look in the rural location, it’s also a good idea to check if there are any current plans to develop the surrounding area. Otherwise, a little secluded oasis could quickly become less of a hideaway.
Does the type of soil on the plot match your plans? Will it allow you to dig down as far as you want to go, for example?
Getting a survey of the ground might help you identify potential issues so you can better understand what you’re building on. You can also get an idea about the ground by looking at the vegetation that’s currently there.
Another important question is whether the ground slopes. If so, consider any additional cost this might add to the project.
Before deciding on a plot, you will need to find out what you’re allowed to build there. In Mallorca, for example, you will need to check that the plot has not been zoned as agricultural land. You can investigate if there are any restrictions or if there is planning permission already in place.
As with buying a house, you don’t want to pay over the odds for your plot of land. Doing market research and staying informed about the latest prices for the type of plot you’re looking for will help you make sure that a deal isn’t too good to be true.
Likewise, being clear about your budget from the start will help you to stay on track.
Have a close look at the plot. Its shape, size, and orientation can all affect your build. For example, a long thin plot might restrict the size of your house, while its orientation might impact how and when you get the sun or whether you can make the most of great views.
The area your plot is in and its size need to work for your particular property. For example, if you plan to obtain a holiday let license and let your property to tourists in Mallorca, you need to be sure that the property will attract visitors.
Is it close to local amenities? How long would it take to travel there from the airport? Does it have any special features such as a sea or mountain view?
Likewise, outside space is important, consider whether the plot is big enough to accommodate everything you want. Would you be willing to compromise on landscaped gardens for the only plot in your dream area?
It’s essential to find the right plot for your property. It’s also essential to make sure you have the right team to build it.
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