If you are thinking about buying land in San Diego so you can build your custom dream home, you are not alone. Many people decide to purchase land in order to work with an architect and design the property they want to spend the rest of their life in.

There are many benefits to purchasing land. It enables you to be creative and build the house you want to live in.

There are often a number of things to consider when you purchase land.

Different areas have different zoning requirements. You should check with both the local city, county and state agencies to see what these requirements are for the property that you are considering. You should also ask about future zoning. It will be a good idea to find out ahead of time if there are plans to build things like a luxury home development or a shopping mall.

When purchasing land, you’ll also need to consider how you access your property. If you can only reach your property by driving across an adjoining parcel of land, for example, you will need to obtain an easement. You will need to find out who maintains the roads, if you have to contribute to their upkeep, and what rights your neighbors have to cross your land.

You will also want to consider utilities when buying land. The first utility that you really need to be sure of is water. After all, not all water is potable and safe to drink. You do not necessarily have water rights on your property so you will need to check to see if you will be able to build a well. You will also need to find out the depth of your water table and how difficult it will be to dig a well on your property.

It can also cost more to bring utilities like electricity, telephone, cable and sewer services if they are not already established near your property. Sometimes you may even need to install a propane tank or a back up generator in case of power outages. You will want to inquire about whether the hook-ups for these services already exist and you’ll simply be connecting your house to them, or if you’ll have to pay to bring them in yourself.

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