Do your research. If the location is in a floodplain, building may be impossible. Be sure to check for any deed restrictions. Several more established neighborhoods have enacted conservation districts or neighborhood stabilization overlays. These areas often feature restrictions on setbacks, building materials, garage locations and even second stories. Occasionally, residents in these areas can be resistant to redevelopment.
Mature trees are desirable and add immense value to a home. However, if they are too close to the building site and must be removed, consider the cost of removal and any fees that may be assessed by the local municipality. In some instances, these fees may exceed $100 per inch in diameter of the tree!
A flat lot with less drainage will usually require less preparation.
2. Preparing Lot & Laying Strong Foundation