How do I select a lot to build a home on?

Today there are over 200 parcels of land for sale in the local Grass Valley area. Consider the costs of buying a parcel of land that is developed -vs- undeveloped. Other than going completely off the grid you should check for power to the property first. Grading and engineering can be the most costly portion of development, so if it has been done already you save. Water is crucial so you will need city water or a well. Often a well is drilled prior to the purchase to be sure water is potable and accessible. If the property is not on a sewer line, a perk and mantel test will determine the type of septic system the parcel will support. Check the county set backs to determine if there is enough room between structures, well, septic and the property lines. The zoning classification will tell you what you can do with a property. The County Planning Dept. is a good place to ask these important questions.
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February 02 2012 - Grass Valley
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