4 Vital Things to Remember When Buying Land in Georgia

4 Vital Things to Remember When Buying Land in Georgia

Once you saw that beautiful piece of land in Georgia, you just couldn’t wait to buy it, especially at such a great price! Now, you can’t stop dreaming about the perfect little farm you plan to create on your new homestead. However, before you get started, there are a few things you need to know.

1. Utilities and Road Access

Because the land you are purchasing is undeveloped, you will be in charge of all of the development. This means, if there is not an access road to your property, you may need to contact the municipality to see what the regulations are about creating one. You will also need to take into account how your residence or any other building you plan to situate on your property will receive running water, electricity, and sewer access, especially if you are in a rural area. The area around you may have these services, in which case you will just need to contact them to see about getting hooked up. While you are looking at road access, you should also investigate where the nearest fire department is, and whether they service your new property (just in case.)

2. Surveying

Your land will need to be professionally surveyed (if that has not already been done before you bought it) so that you know exactly what land is yours. It would be a shame if someone bought the property next to yours and found out that you had built your house over the line onto his property.

3. Other Tests

Get to know the land you will be living (and maybe working) on. Especially if you want to do any planting or farming, you’ll need to know the condition of the soil you’ll be using. Not only should you make sure there are no contaminations in the soil from prior use, but you will also want to know such things as the acidity and lime content in order to garner the best idea for what to plant. Is there appropriate drainage for your farm? And if there are any streams, waterways, etc., on the property, be sure to have the water tested too.

4. Zoning and Permits

Once you’ve looked at different land options, the next thing to consider are zoning board regulations. These are local laws that determine what kind of building can be done on the property. Local flood plans or other environmental factors could dictate where you can build on your property. Also, before you begin building, you will need to obtain the required permits. The number and type of permits vary from place to place, so be sure to check with your municipality to see what you will need.

Building a farm from the land you have just acquired in Georgia may require some extra dedication. But once you sink your teeth into that first home-grown peach (or pecan, or blueberry, etc.), it will be worth all the preparations you made. Contact Hurdle today to find that perfect little spot in Georgia for your farm.