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Land Is Prepared For Home Construction

Once you have found the perfect place to build your house, the construction company will start by clearing the land. Any trees or shrubs will have to be removed if they fall inside the site plan for the house. There are times you can design the house around an existing plant, if for instance you have a historic tree in your yard. For any plant that is removed, there is some more work involved than just felling a tree or cutting a plant back. All of the roots will have to be extracted, so there may be some digging involved.

Before taking down a tree, think about how much shade it can offer. This can really mean a big reduction in cooling costs during the summer. Plus, trees help pull pollutants out of the air and add oxygen back. They serve as places for animals and birds to nest and raise their young. This can be really fun to watch in the spring.

Once the site has been cleared, the contractor will have to come out to compact and level the ground. This may involve scooping up soil in one place and moving it to another part of the property. Any soil that can be relocated will save you the haulaway fees. The contractor will then create the foundation trenches on which to put the house. There may be a need for some extra dirt to be brought in if the ground is not as solid as it should be. Some heavy machinery will be deployed to firm up the ground and dig the trenches.

Next it’s time to set up the stakes that will indicate the location of the corners of the house. They’ll do this so the concrete pouring team will know where the footings are to go. It’s important to find out the topography of the land, in case your house has to be stepped up into the hillside. Your contractor may also go ahead and have your driveway poured while the concrete truck is there.

Utilities come next. You’ll see the contractor lay the lines for electricity, water, natural gas, and sewer. If there isn’t any sewer connectivity in the area, you’ll see them dig a space for the septic tank.

If the plans call for a basement, this will be dug out and smoothed off. This will be the time to make sure that there aren’t any drainage issues. The last thing you’ll want is a wet basement that is always leaking.

Should you decide to have your home built on a hillside, the contractor may be doing some erosion control on the property, so you don’t end up unintentionally meeting your neighbors.

While there is a lot of prep work that goes into getting the land ready for a house, attention to detail and some good planning will make it all smooth and successful.

Building the Best Log Cabins

There are tricks and secrets that can help you come up with the very best construction for all your needs. Some of the things to consider include:

Keep logs dry

It is important to ensure that you use materials that are dry to a certain level. When the moisture content is lower, then settling is not an issue and you will not need the settling jacks. The design should also include roof overhangs that are long, good landscaping and decks need to be covered soon after construction. The overhangs need to be around 3 feet. Also, avoid sprinkler systems being too close to the completed cottage.


This is another important thing to consider. The design allows you to get the most out of the home. It also aids in any future maintenance needs as well as energy efficiency. As much as this is important, you need one that you can afford. Consider this as you make a choice. You need a design that is prudent. The overhangs should be large. In addition, the very first course needs to be some feet from the ground. The grade should slope from the house.


Everything has to be planned well, so as to ensure all factors are considered. When you make all considerations early, maintaining the home will not be that hard. If the house is exposed to the sun too much, then it may need re-finish/re-stain more often. When exposed to a lot of moisture, then you will have to deal with wood decay sooner than later. It is, therefore, necessary to plan, so as to protect the home from the elements.

Choose the right manufacturer

One of the things to consider is who will make the house for you. As you are choosing, do not think of the price alone. Each company has its own quality standards as well as completeness level. It helps to know exactly what you are bargaining for by getting a very detailed quote/estimate. You should then make a decision based on this. The company should have the highest level of integrity and they should deliver on all the promises that they make. They should use materials that are of the highest quality and they should also be able to offer you advice based on their personal experiences as well as knowledge.

The site

It is important to select the best site for the construction. As stated earlier, protecting the cabin from the elements is important. Therefore, you need to select the ideal site for the construction. Determine the direction of the sun and wind.

Find the Best Lot

Hasil gambar untuk Find the Best LotYou need to select a lot. It can seem so confusing trying to narrow down what qualities to look for, and where to place your home. Here are a few questions to answer that should help make this part of the process a little easier.

First, decide whether you want to live in the city, the country, or somewhere in between. You won’t be happy in the most perfect home that is in an area you hate. Then take it for a test drive – literally. Drive around to see how the neighborhood looks, how your commute to work will be (if you still have one), and how close the schools are. You will also need to consider how good the schools are. You should look at the area at varying times of day to see if people just exist there or if they really live there.

Check the noise level – are you right next to a train station? Do you hear the freeway from your property? Are you downhill from a landfill? Are there a lot of open lots in your area that will be developed soon, meaning you’ll hear the noise of big equipment for months on end? Is your property on a main road or near the entrance to a neighborhood?

What kinds of parks, roads, and other services are available? If there aren’t enough right now, what plans are in place for the city or county to add them? Are you close enough to doctors and dentists?

Are you in a slide zone or an area prone to earthquakes? How about other natural disasters like hurricanes or tornadoes? Are there a lot of big rocks or other debris that need to be cleared? Are you looking at a property with a large southern exposure? This can be great in the winter for heating and lighting, but a bear in the summer in warmer climates.

How expensive is the area? Is the cost of living there very high, or are property taxes low? Are you better off buying a corner lot or one set on a side street? What was this piece of property before? This is important especially in urban settings because that property might once have been the site of a gas station or other toxic chemical business.

What zoning was this area cleared for before? What is the surrounding area zoned for now and in the future? You might have what you think is an unobstructed view of the countryside, but in the future there will be apartment buildings tucked into that valley.

Turn Key Transactions Work When Building a Home

You might have also wondered what turnkey means. Let’s take a look at the process and what this means to you.

What does turnkey mean?

There are two kinds of homes that you can buy – custom-built or turnkey. A custom built home is made either completely to the buyer’s requirements, or at least in part. Some houses are built with input from the buyer on key areas like room layout, window and cabinet placement, and flooring types. Other custom-built homes are built to a certain amount of the job being finished, and the rest will be finished by the homeowner.
A turnkey home, on the other hand, is one that is built by the contractor to completion and the home is able to then be sold to anyone. All of the design and planning comes from the contractor.

Why do you want a turnkey home?

One advantage to this is that the contractor holds the responsibility for the performance of all of the items for a certain amount of time. Think of it like a manufacturer’s warranty on an item.
Another upside is that the home is ready to move into right away. Think of turnkey as being ready to turn the key to the front door lock of your new home.
Title to the property is easy to track, too. The developer owns the land and builds the house on that land. They might even offer financing so everything is easy to negotiate and easy to understand. If the builder doesn’t offer financing directly, the company should be able to connect you to a mortgage broker that will be able to help you.

Using a turnkey home as an investment

In the investment part of real estate, a turnkey home is all ready to go as a package. The home is bought and fixed up or the new one is built, the home is leased or rented to a tenant, and then the property is sold to a buyer. That way, the buyer is ready to go with a property already generating income. These types of investments are much easier to get started with instead of flipping. You don’t have to worry about finding contractors or discovering any hidden damage to the home. You don’t have to be in town to deal with the property, either, and meet with the inspectors. If you find the right company, they can stay on as a property management company, so all you have to do is sit back and collect the income.