Purchasing Your New Home Site
Selecting a home site without professional advice can be very risky. There could be negative and costly issues with the land that cannot be seen immediately unless you are experienced in land development, permitting and environmental impacts, and foundation structural requirements.
Lot Purchase Consulting
The levelness or grade of the home site determines the type of foundation that will be required. A construction level or transit is the only way to clearly see the slope of the land. Some sites can be modified or “cut into” and leveled but some are not suitable for that and some home plans would not be recommended to be built on a “cut” site.
Another issue that could impact your home construction is the size of the trees on the home site. Some trees are protected by the county and city environmental agencies and cannot be removed. This could limit the size and shape of the home that can be built on that particular home site.
There are many other variables that play into the value or suitableness of a home site. Flood issues, bench marks, natural features, drainage, easements… a knowledgable builder knows what to look for and how these things impact the construction cost.
Hartsfield Construction offers FREE home site evaluation. This means before you purchase a home site we will examine the land, the zoning, permitting and building requirements. Soil testing should be done to determine the type and condition of the soil beneath ground level. This test consists of boring 10’ holes in four different locations. The soil is removed and the layers are examined. This will show if the soil has sand, clay or other types of conditions. The soil condition can greatly impact the cost of the foundation that will be required.