How to Find the Perfect Piece of Land!
New build, acreage, subdivision, foreclosure…there are so many choices when looking for a new house.
After searching all the communities in the Andover, Wichita, and surrounding areas in Kansas, we finally found the piece of land we wanted. Unfortunately, it was reserved by someone else. They contacted the people and they had 48 hours to decide if they were ready to build or not. So we waited….
We didn’t really want to be in another subdivision but after finding a couple empty lots and talking with the builders, it would cost a lot more to build than a subdivision lot. Most needed to have a septic or lagoon (as they call it in Kansas) put in and that alone is a good chunk of money in addition to running the utilities.
We had found a really nice log cabin that was foreclosed on. It had 9 acres and needed some work. But what foreclosure doesn’t? We were ready to make an offer and they took it off the market. Mainly because there was another 9 acres that used to belong with it. That piece of land had a pond on it. The bank had split it up and it turns out that without the pond, the log cabin looked like it was lost and didn’t make much sense.
Research, Research, Research!
When looking for land whether alone or in a subdivision, I always research it. You can find everything you need to know (the majority of the time) on the county’s website. Dimensions, what’s scheduled to be built around it, how the land sits, what’s nearby and more.
Take for instance this one subdivision in Andover. I had found a really nice house for a good price. It turns out that the people that built in that development had a huge decrease in what their houses were worth. Why? Because they built an apartment complex…right next door.
Obviously no one did any research before building their house there.
You can see a lot of what’s around just by googling it. Go to Google Maps and you are able to see what is around the piece of land. Our lot is backed to trees and also has trees on the side of it. We couldn’t see what is on the other side of the trees. But on Google, I can see that there is a pond behind the trees and another on the side trees.
I could also check out what the plan is for those spots on the county GIS maps. You can also see if you are in a flood zone among other things.
The county or maybe it’s the state, plans subdivisions in advance. I can see that eventually there will be Single Family homes on the other side of the side trees. But there will be only one house on a huge piece of land.
All it takes is a little planning ahead.
Back to Our Piece of Land:
We could have waited until the new phase went in…in December! But we didn’t want to wait and just kept our fingers crossed. After a few days, we got the call that the land was ours if we wanted it. Yahoo! Lot 7 Block 5 was going to be ours!
It’s located in a fairly new development just at the edge of Wichita. So close to Andover, that if you go to the end of our property in the back, it’s Andover.
We are so used to having no neighbors behind us in our last three houses, that’s what we wanted. I always dreamed of living in a Cul-de-sac and lo and behold…that’s where we will be.
We I’m so excited that we will be finally be close to the grandkids and be able to celebrate holidays and more with them. I’m all about family!
The next step will be choosing a builder!
What tips do you have for finding the piece of land?
Topic: How to Find the Perfect Piece of Land!