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Written by richart khalil   

When building a new house, finding a site can be the hardest part of the whole business, particularly in the dense urban areas. But nothing is impossible when we know that there is more than 7 easy ways to find a plot:

  1. Internet: the web is full of plot lists all over the world posted by privates or real estate companies. You can even have an idea of the plots cost as well as an indication of which agents deal in land.
  2. Real estate agents: they may be helpful, but in most times they will charge you a commission on the plot price.
  3. The press: you may find useful information in local magazines, newspapers and specialist self-build publications.
  4. Municipalities: local authorities and utilities often have land for disposal.
  5. Local planning department: some companies buy large tracts of land, secure the necessary permissions of development, put roads and services, and then put plot for individual sales.
  6. Make the tour of the desired area: word of mouth is often a successful way to locate potential sires.
  7. Plots with existing houses: building a new house at the place of a demolished one can often be a good solution in the dense areas.

Once located, your site must be considered in light of development; you may require specialist advice, the following list will help you define the requisite:

  1. Does the plot already have planning permission for development into a private dwelling? If not, could it have one?
  2. Is the site easily accessible? Does material and construction equipment easy to get on site?
  3. Is the site connected to main services and drainage? If not, how easy will it be to make it?
  4. Is the area prone to flooding?
  5. Is the site in a conservative area? Is there any law that may limit design and siting of a building?

As remarked, plot search is a double step system that goes from searching for a plot to analyzing it before deciding the investment. A mistake can have a lifelong repercussion.

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