Thinking of building your own home on some large acreage somewhere in the United States, but need to find some cheap land for sale? Some of the cheapest land available is obviously in some of the central states away from the major cities. So what should you considered when deciding which land to buy and where can you look to find it?
Locating Cheap Land for Sale
There are a couple of online brokers of land who work with panels of real estate agents across the country to find land plots of land for ranches, farms and countryside homes. United Country, the biggest broker we found has land in most states, for example in Arizona over 600 plots available, Colorado 300, Montana 800, and Virginia 550. Prices start at about $10,000 for about 20 acres of undeveloped backwater country, and can go for tens of millions in particularly good locations where the land is already developed and has a working ranch or farm.
There are plenty of plots of land to choose from and your starting point really is your budget and the state and potentially county that you are interested in. If the exact location doesn’t bother you so much you can think about whether you want a waterfront property either lake or ocean, you want a desert mountain location, a forest location or a mountain or ski resort location.
What to Consider When Selecting the Best Land for You
Once you have narrowed down your selection to a handful of plots the next consideration is how much it will actually then cost you to build a property on that land. Don’t forget about building access to the land, as some won’t currently have a road to and through that land. Then consider utilities such as mains water, telephone and electricity. If your land isn’t already hooked up to these services and they’re important to you then that may add substantial cost to your project. Land nearer to other dwellings and the freeway or interstate is more likely to have the services and access you need however the purchase price will probably be higher to reflect that.
The next consideration is building permits and could be key to whether the piece of land will actually be able to accommodate the plans you have for it. More remote land in hilly or mountainous country may come with no restrictions, allowing you to build what you want where you want, without it having any impact on anyone else. But land closer to other properties is more likely going to need permits. But do look into this because some land is already zoned for industrial, residential or agricultural use, so may already have permits in place, and just need you to submit plans.
Finally does the land already have a residence built on it? If there is a home already there then your project will get off the ground much faster, otherwise you will have to build your home first.
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