“Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” – Mark Twain
I’m going to report some things that I hope will help others who are out to purchase raw land. I had no idea so had to research this up, maybe this can be a tutorial to myself if I ever get land again too.
As a freelance web dev, more than water I need internet. So I confirmed with the ISP that service does extend to the parcel I intend to buy. But of course, to use internet I will also need electricity. If this land was further from any neighbors I’d probably start this adventure with a generator. But due to noise considerations, plus the fact that this spot has easy access to existing power lines, I’m going on grid for electric asap. In most cases there is no cost to the landowner to connect a new location to the power lines, there may be a cost if the electric company will need to install more poles or run lots of line.
In order to get electric hooked up on new property, the land needs to have an address. Starting with undeveloped land usually involves starting without an address. Here’s how to get an address! Call the county your land is in and find out who to talk to for what’s called ‘911 address assignment‘. This makes sense, right, because emergency services like police and fire departments need to know how to find you if there’s ever a need ( may you never need! ).
In addition to these practicalities, you should also check the tax history on your intended land purchase, to make sure nothing is past due and that the tax obligations are not going to be a surprise. To do this, find the county assessor. There’s probably a Department of the County Assessor, and they likely have these records available online. This is essential research also, as the county assessor will have information as to the value the property has been assessed at, and likely appraisal amounts as well. I still don’t understand why the county uses an assessment amount that’s different than the appraisal amount, if you know please tell me!
Now here’s the fun part! Maps!!! Check out the land you want to buy on your favorite maps and have a look at what’s in proximity to the land. Check for things you’ll need like grocery store, hardware store, laundromat, etc. Look for state parks and national forests, find the nearby lakes, rivers, and hiking spots. And have a look at the topography of the land you want to buy! A great tool is USGS topographic maps
Regarding water; I found the nearest reported spring where I will fill my four, five gallon water jugs. It’s best to filter any water you naturally source, so I’ll need to get a good filter setup as well. That will make for a good post.
That’s it for now. I’m hoping to purchase the land TODAY!!!! update, funds are in a bank ‘security hold’ so I must wait two more days..