You have your plans and specifications ready, all you need to do now is make sure one of the lots you have your eyes on accommodates your project. With your building plans in hand, it’s time to visit your possible choices with your builder who will compare your plans with the lot and additional evaluating your lotlimitations such as the immediate surroundings and city building requirements. First visit the city for the building codes then visit your potential lot.

One of the initial items on your check list is the house setbacks. How far back will your structure need to be from the front, side and rear boundaries of the prospective property? Will the home fit as drawn? If so, then continue down your list.

What are the impervious cover restrictions for the area? Impervious cover means anything permanent that will keep water from seeping into the ground. Common impervious cover is the footprint of your house, a sidewalk, driveway and a swimming pool for example. Do the plans comply with the impervious cover restrictions as laid down by the city?

What about existing trees? Can they be removed if needed and if so are there any repercussions? Some city ordinances prohibit trees of a certain diameter to be cut down or if a tree is cut down the owner must plant another tree on the property or somewhere within the community. If there are trees that are to remain, will they be in the way during construction?

Does the property flow well? During a rainstorm, would the water drain away from the house instead of stagnate or drift toward the structure? Is the lot in a flood zone? What about any noise concerns during construction, what times and days of the week can construction occur and is the city strict about decibel levels from construction equipment?

These are some of the preliminary issues you’ll need to address before going too much further. You’ve designed your property but your lot must properly place your structure while meeting local ordinances. If it does, it’s time to put that lot under contract.