Looking for Land
Finding a place for a small house has been interesting. I’m looking over 300 miles from my current location, so that is part of the difficulty. The rules and restrictions have been laughable in some cases and frustrating in others. I found a county that is “unrestricted”… no planning and zoning office. I like that, and don’t like it at the same time. There are some pretty strange structures that should be condemned sitting around that county, for sale as “homes”. Yet I can build what I want and to me that means a lot. And I can build near family, which means even more.
This past weekend I looked at several lots for sale. Expensive, yes, but very worthwhile. What I’ve discovered is I may have an easier time if I purchase a lot with an old mobile home on it and then improve the property by building my small house and in a year or two removing the mobile home. Yet those lots are more expensive because the 30-40 year old mobile homes have similar prices to stick built houses.
On my way to look at one that slipped through my fingers though, I drove by something I didn’t expect… a house on two acres, for sale by owner. The house would have to be removed. The land is improved and ready to build on. Code free. The only requirement is septic and water, both of which are already on the land. Will I get it, or should I wait for something else? I’m not sure. But the thing is, I’ve found something that could work. And if there’s one lot like that, there are probably more.