You noticed a lot for sale in a suburban area in town that looks like a perfect place to build your dream home. Buying
undeveloped land can provide an opportunity to build a house that will meet your
needs, but you will need certain information before you sign on the dotted line.
Most suburban areas have zoning regulations which govern the type of
structure that can be erected, the dimensions, and even the material used on the
exterior. Historic preservation groups work with builders in many areas to
ensure that any new construction fits in with the existing buildings. If you
want to build out of the city limits, check the availability of public utility
services and the cost of bringing those services to the site. Local planning and
zoning boards can provide you with information about proposed development that
could change your quiet country lane into a busy street.
It is a good idea to consult an architect and zoning expert to confirm
that your vision will work on the property you have selected.