Tips for Buying Land for a Tiny or Prefab Home
Prefabricated homes have become very popular in recent years as more and more people look for creative ways to build their home environment. These homes can take the form of a tiny house, manufactured home, or Airstream. The demand for vacant land has increased exponentially over the past few years.
Yet, finding the right piece of property involves more than remote driveways and beautiful views. Not all land can accommodate full-time, or even part-time, living. There are important considerations to buying the right property and ensure a healthy, practical lifestyle.
· Zoning and Setback Requirements – Not all vacant land can be developed. Even the placement of semi-permanent structures, such as a trailer, may not be allowed. The first step in a land purchase is to check the zoning laws governing the property. Then, after determining any placement restrictions, check the setback rules and ensure you have the space you want for the home.
· Utilities – In a rural setting, finding available power and internet coverage may be a challenge. Depending on how far “off the grid” you plan to live will determine the type of power needed to manage your needs.
· Sewer, Septic, Water – Consider the option of city sewer and water. If the property is in a remote rural area, then these needs will need to be supplied by septic systems and wells. Do not assume the availability of these essential services.
Finally, how will you access the home site. The hilltop view might be spectacular, but if it’s difficult to access year-round, it may not be practical for full-time living.