Clearing Your Land In Advance of Home Construction

Clearing Your Land In Advance of Home Construction


This article is part of our ongoing home construction specification plan series.

Assembling a Home Construction Specification Plan — Spec Plan B: Lot Excavation

You’ve selected a home style, have chosen a builder and the perc tests confirm that your land is suitable for home building. In our first article in this series we took a look at home styles, so let’s go ahead and cover the steps necessary to preparing your land to build your new home.

4 Steps to Preparing the Land

1. Survey the Lot — You may have purchased a two acre lot, but what portion of it will actually house your dwelling and everything related to it? This includes a swimming pool, deck area, recreational space, and access to a side facing garage. You’ll want to first define the boundaries and dimensions required for the home followed by everything else that makes up your property. Take a good look at everything on the lot which adds to or detracts from the home, e.g. rocks, trees, water views, and more.

2. Check the Drainage — Water should drain away from your home and into tributaries that won’t impact other private property. You can save yourself from incurring a nasty lawsuit if you make sure that your neighbor’s property doesn’t receive your run off.

3. Easements and Setbacks — Do you know how far back your home must sit from the street? Is there an easement to a utility company on your property?

4. Additional Points to Consider — Prior to lot excavation, you will want to:

– Mark on the ground where underground utilities cross your property, if applicable.

– Plot where the house will set on your property taking into consideration setbacks and drainage.

– Tag trees and other greenery that you don’t want removed during the excavation and construction processes. After excavation has been completed, recheck everything to make sure that nothing was damaged.

– Be present when the lot is being cleared — you can head off trouble the moment it arises.

– Once lot excavation has been finished, walk the property to make sure that all tree stumps and debris have been removed.

Now that your lot is clear, laying a sure foundation is the next step in the home construction plan.

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Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".