As you look for remote land far away from highly developed areas, you have to think carefully about what you are buying into. While there are plenty of cheap options to consider when looking for remote land, you still have to do your research. When looking for a piece of land for recreation or to call your home, these tips will help you avoid common pitfalls. After all, no two pieces of land are ever truly alike.
First of all, you must look around to see which parcels are right for your needs without running into any substantial problems in the process. Just because it is an acre of land or more situated next to a beautiful national forest, breathtaking mountains with stunning views, or a waterfront property on a peaceful lake that stretches for miles, it doesn’t mean it is a good purchase for your particular use case. Does it have easy access? Is there a wooded section? Is it in a subdivision? Does it have enough acres to cover everything that you want to do with the land? Ultimately, however, you need to consider what you are allowed to do with the land before you make that big purchase.
What is the Zoning?
You have to look at the county planning and zoning ordinances for the particular parcel of land. Zoning ordinances contain permitted uses and restrictions and things such as buildings, agriculture, animals on the property, etc. For example, you might find areas where any properties you build must be of a certain size in square feet or only a certain type of structures.
In other cases, you might be in a zone where camping is not allowed at certain points or even at all. You might also be outlawed from farming on certain spaces in some instances.
Make sure you read and understand the rules relating to owning a certain piece of property before you use it for any kind of special purpose. This is to ensure that you aren’t going to use the land against any rules that have been imposed in a local area. Also, do research to see if a permit is required by the county for certain activities on your land.
How Is the Soil Quality?
If you are focused on farming / agriculture, you have to look at the quality of the soil of the parcel.
The soil should be able to handle any grains or vegetables that you want to grow. A proper soil test may be used in a local area to determine how well it can handle different types of plants. You can use this to get a better idea of how well a farm in a certain area can be handled.
Look For Access
The access that you have to your property is important. You must make sure that any remote land that you order is actually accessible and what type of access. Some properties have drive up access and others require 4x4 capabilities to get to the parcel. People have a variety of use cases, so 4x4 only access could be exactly what you are looking for, but be sure to check the access to make sure you don't end up with something you don't want.
Also look at road type. For remote land, most will have dirt / gravel roads but sometimes you can find paved roads. You can always get a space paved if you prefer as well. You can always get new roads out later if desired but the key is to at least know that whatever you are looking to acquire isn’t too far off of the beaten path in any situation.
Check on Natural Materials
Take a look at the natural characteristics of the parcel. Are you looking for land that has greenery and wood for taking care of a variety of construction tasks or would you prefer a drier, desert climate?
No matter where you are, you should always look to see what types of natural materials are available in your area. This is to give you a clear idea of what you can get out of your planning needs.
This does not mean that you should avoid any place that doesn’t have readily accessible materials. Many remote land spaces are not too far off from many towns in a local area. You should always consider this as there’s always a risk that you might not have any natural resources in a spot that would already be ready for your use without being too tough to use.
Are there any Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions?
Some subdivisions have Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs). They are similar conceptually to county zoning permitted uses and restrictions.
A covenant is a rule that a land developer uses as a means of restricting what people can do on certain properties. Covenants are often designed to ensure that a property cannot be used for anything other than what someone asked for the land to be used for in the first place.
There are pros and cons of CC&Rs. On one hand, they are restrictions on what you can do with the land but on the other hand, they can also protect you and your property value. For example, lets say you buy a ranch in a large subdivision of other ranches. The CC&Rs could help protect your ability to enjoy your property by not allowing your neighbor to build a junkyard next to your property. Also, the POA (property owner's association) that is in charge of the subdivision / enforcing the CC&Rs may add additional value to the subdivision like maintaining roads and helping you with getting utilities to your property.
Given the pros and cons of CC&Rs, be sure to check to make sure you know what they are and if they are right for you. You may find that they are too restrictive for your use case, but you may also find that the added benefits will help you enjoy living on your property and protect its value.
Take a Look at our Land
We have remote land for sale that will fit any need or budget. We have worked with multiple customers to help them find exactly what they are looking for.
Be sure to compare all the options we have to offer. You may be surprised at some of the intriguing plots of land that we have for sale.