Prefabricated homes have become very popular in recent years as more
and more people look for creative ways to build their home environment.
These homes can take the form of a tiny house, manufactured home, or
Airstream. The demand for vacant land has increased exponentially over
the past few years.
Yet, finding the right piece of property involves more than remote driveways
and beautiful views. Not all land can accommodate full-time, or even
part-time, living. There are important considerations to buying the right
property and ensuring a healthy, practical lifestyle.
· Zoning and Setback Requirements – Not all vacant land can be
developed. Even the placement of semi-permanent structures, such as a
trailer, may not be allowed. The first step in a land purchase is to check the
zoning laws governing the property. Then, after determining any placement
restrictions, check the setback rules and ensure you have the space you
want for the home.
· Utilities – In a rural setting, finding available power and internet
coverage may be a challenge. Depending on how far “off the grid” you plan
to live will determine the type of power needed to manage your needs.
· Sewer, Septic, Water – Consider the option of city sewer and water. If the property is in a remote rural area, then these needs will need to be
supplied by septic systems and wells. Do not assume the availability of
these essential services.
Finally, how will you access the home site? The hilltop view might be
spectacular, but if it’s difficult to access year-round, it may not be practical
for full-time living.