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Your Land Evaluation at Heartland Builders | Blog

At Heartland Builders, building a custom, on-your-lot home is an exciting experience. We’re always here to make sure you understand exactly what’s going on with the progress of your brand new home. From beginning to end, you’ll be confident in every step and process — so let’s talk a little bit about the beginning —  your land evaluation


Before you purchase your land, there’s a lot (no pun intended!) that goes into evaluating it. In fact, the site improvement costs of your home could be around 15% of the total cost of the home… which is a chunk of your overall budget! Site improvement costs pertain to things like tree clearing, utilities, soil needs, and length of the driveway, etc.. Essentially, they’re the items and costs we will help you understand to get your site ready to build a home on it.


A few questions that we’ll go over: 


  • Depending on the soil conditions of the site, will you have a septic system that’s $5,500 or $19,500?
  • Do you have trees to clear, and how much will that cost? 
  • Will we need to bring soil into your site or remove it?
  • If you want a walk-out for your home, does the site allow for it?


By asking and answering questions like these ahead of time, planning your budget becomes easier (and far less stressful). As your friendly homebuilding team, we’ll come out to evaluate your land so that you can get a strong idea of what’s needed, and understand your budget for those items.


Other things to keep in mind:


  • Will the home you want fit on your land?
  • Are there any deed restrictions for your neighborhood? These may include the minimum size of the home or materials used in construction, and whether outbuildings and fences are allowed.
  • What’s around your land? Is there a pig farm, a gun range, electric poles, or schools? Knowing your surroundings will help you determine whether the site is right for you and your family.


Before you purchase your desired land, our experienced team will come out to evaluate its current conditions and determine its needs. Once we’ve done this, we can begin the next steps of this exciting home process. Stay tuned for part 2 of this blog series as we dive into more FAQ’s!