The Right Site
How to buy land for your new cabin.
f you already own land for your cabin, you’re one giant step ahead of the game. If you’re in the market to buy, there are basic factors you need to consider as you search.
Before you begin to negotiate on land, be sure your finances are in line and know how much lending help you qualify for. Give your agent specific instructions (e.g., we’re looking for five to 10 acres priced from $ 50,000 to $150,000). If he or she disregards your instructions, find a new agent. Start at the low end, and work your way up so you can see what you’ll be getting for your money.
Analyze the access to your home site (e.g., is there more than one road in?) as well as to the area as a whole. Ideally, you’ll want wellmaintained roads and highways (especially if you will build in the mountains, where snow cover will be common), as well as an airport and medical/emergency services within reasonable proximity. But you don’t want so much traffic congestion that it impacts pollution or noise levels and, therefore, your quality of life. Balance the two.