If you’re planning to build a home, it’s natural to feel excited. But before you can begin building, many things need to be done on your property. If you do the proper research ahead of time and prepare accordingly, your site will be ready in no time! In this article, we’ll cover some of the most important steps you should take as well as explain how they help create a safe environment for construction workers and give them access to everything they need to complete their job successfully and efficiently.
Choosing the Right Location
It’s a good idea to choose a flat site, level, and free of any major obstructions like trees, fences, or buildings by using cable locating services to help with the location process. In addition to being a safety issue for your workers, trees can cause damage by dropping branches or even entire trunks onto the structure as it’s being built.
- Ensure that your home is not located within any floodplains or other areas prone to flooding during heavy rains. This could lead to substantial damage if water gets into the basement during construction.
- Be aware of any restrictions on building sites in your area – some areas may prohibit certain types of homes or limit what can be built on particular lots based on their location and size
The Importance of Hiring a Good Surveyor
This is the most important step in preparing your site for a new build. You must hire a professional surveyor to measure out your property and make sure it’s fully compliant with local zoning laws, as well as having any rights of way or easements set out on paper.
Surveying will take anywhere from one to two days depending on how large or complex your plot is, but it should be done before the building starts so that any costs incurred during construction can be covered by an insurance company (if applicable). You’ll also need to factor in the costs of hiring an architect or designer and their fees at this point; these will vary based on location and style preferences—but generally speaking, they tend towards being high enough that they’re worth making sure they’re included during pre-development planning rather than waiting until later down the line when schedules are tighter due to unforeseen delays.
There are lots of companies that offer surveying services; here are some tips for finding a good one:
- Ask friends who have recently built if they used someone reliable; while word-of-mouth recommendations aren’t always accurate since people don’t always tell others what happened behind closed doors (i.e., if there were problems), this step still gives us some insight into how easy it might be working together down the line when we start talking about more specific details like materials used or budget constraints.” That was helpful,” said Sally when asked about her experience working with her local company whose name happens not listed anywhere online because “that would make us look bad.”
Clearing and Fencing
- Clearing and fencing: If you plan to clear trees and brush, remove rocks or stumps, and fence off the property yourself, make sure you have an easement to access the property. You may also want to hire a contractor for these tasks.
- In terms of topography: Consider how steep your property is before deciding whether to build on it (or make sure there’s enough land for a road).
What to Expect in the First Few Months
If you are planning to build a new house, the first few months will be an exciting time of anticipation. You can expect to spend your free time with the construction crew, watching them work on your dream home and learning about what goes into such a project.
However, once all of the walls are up and drywall is hung in place, it’s time for your builders to move on from the physical part of their job (they’ll still need to do some work behind-the-scenes after this point). Now it’s up to you as a homeowner or renter to get ready for winter: that means stocking up on food and supplies needed in case natural disasters hit; making sure all utilities like water heaters or furnaces are working properly; making sure that pipes don’t freeze during cold temperatures; taking care not only with things inside but also outside (e.g., shoveling snow).
Your home site will be ready in no time if you do your homework.
- Know what to expect—and how long it will take. With a little research and some organization, you can prepare your site for a build in no time at all.
- It’s worth it! Hiring an experienced builder is one of the best decisions you can make when getting ready to construct your new home. The money you spend now will pay off when the project is complete, saving energy and money in the long run while giving you peace of mind knowing that everything has been done correctly.
- You don’t need to be an expert—but do know what needs to happen before you get started building on a vacant lot or foundation that already exists on your property (such as demo work). If this does not seem feasible or within budget, consider hiring an architect or engineer who specializes in building codes for assistance with zoning issues or structural designs before beginning construction on those aspects of your home where professional input would be most valuable
Now that you’re equipped with the knowledge of what to expect in the first few months, we hope that you feel more confident about your home-building project!