Thursday, December 20, 2012

Considering Buying Land in Eastham?

There are some great deals on lots and land in Eastham! Many of the current 26 residential land listings have great potential for your new Cape Cod home. However, there are some things you should know before you buy your lot.
  • Never Purchase a Lot without a Building Permit
    • Make your offer contingent on issuance of a full building permit for the size and type of home that you want to build. Without a permit, there is no guarantee you will be able to build your dream home, or any home at all for that matter. For a building permit you'll need both an engineered "Title V"septic plan and a water test, which likely will require a well.
  • Site Engineering
    • Have the site engineered with a site plan, septic design and percolation tests. You want to make sure that you have good soil conditions, and there won’t be additional expenses for fill on the site. You also want to know where the water table is on the site.
  • House Design
    • Depending on the location of the lot, the project may be subject to review by a historic commission, which may preclude some styling and design ideas (not generally common in Eastham). 
  • General Site Conditions
    • Having the site engineered and applying for a permit will also identify potential issues such as, zoning, wetlands, or endangered species (ie MESA) issues that can cost time and money to address.
The building permit process is clearly the best way to guarantee that an investment in land will meet  expectations.

This article came from Reef Builders (   They are highly experienced in both simple and complex permitting for projects and can manage the engineering, design, permitting and construction processes.

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