10 Tips for Developing Vacant Land

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Something special consorts with visiting your vacant land, taking lumps of soil, and letting it pass freely between your fingers. It's not only a feeling of being proud of owning land but also showing that you are planning to do something productive on your land.

Your vacant land will often appreciate its value provided that you are taking care of it. Developing your land will allow you to enjoy more revenues depending on how you have created it.

Developing your vacant land well requires you to adhere to the following tips.

Plan for your land

It's always advisable that we plan for everything that we are about to develop. Effective planning on your land will guide you in acquiring the proper utilities that you need to make your land an expanded platform for investment. An inseparable part of the planning process is deciding on the overall budget and the cost of utilities should not be overlooked. You should gather additional information on the different factors that affect the cost of utilities. For instance, you should be well aware of the governmental regulations as they will determine the cost of installing utilities on your land. Besides, there is a lot to consider in terms of the neighborhood, location, etc all of which can have an impact on the final value. 

Hire a specialist

Developing your vacant land requires a lot of capital to regulate to ensure it's used for the proper purpose. Getting a real estate agent will significantly help you plan your development schedule and put them into place.

Due to their advanced knowledge of land use, you are likely to get additional information on what is happening on the market. Depending on how well you absorb the data, you can adopt an alternative plan for your vacant land.

Know the right timing

Knowing the right timing will help you understand the proper purpose of putting our vacant land into. Sometimes you may decide to have permanent resolutions or temporary resolutions on how to make it better.

Not all business ideas will last forever; some fade and require temporary measures to be taken.

Understand the drawbacks

Land as an asset often takes a lot of time to appreciate its value. Considering that your input in the development will bear fruits is essential as it makes you aware of how long to wait for your investment.

Sometimes, unforeseen events like pandemics may slow down the economy, affecting the value you will sell your land at.

Consider factors that affect the value of your development

Determining the value of different factors that affect your product on the land is sometimes challenging. This requires you to consider the exact size of your land, shape, and the land you are considering developing.

Factors like location, electricity, communication, transport, and water availability need to be taken into account in developing your land. The king of development you want to adopt should not be a burden to you.

Prepare for potential problems

Vacant land may appear smooth by looking at it only to find that vast boulders are lurking beneath the soil that will prevent you from digging a basement for different structures.

If your land is located near a stream or river, ensure that your development will not be part of floods that may occur unexpectedly. Considering potential problems will help acquire the best resources for the construction.

Consider the topography of the area

How your land slopes determine the kind of structures or plants you will put into place. When developing your land, you should always make sure that you build something that will last for more days without inconveniencing you.

Steep slopes will stop you from building big apartments, especially in places that experience mass flow.

Compare your cost of purchase with development cost

Comparing your development cost and the cost at which you purchased the land will give you insights into whether the projects you are undertaking are worthy of value or not.

This will act as your checklist, and it will guide you in doing the best development project for your vacant land. Sometimes you may find that you are trying to carry out a significant investment on a piece of land that it’s not worthy.

Make sure you love it

Sometimes we spend a lot of energy and resources on building structures that we don't plan for. With time, we tend to deviate from loving these structures, and we abandon them for an extended period.

You should make sure that you love whatever you are looking forward to building on your land. This ensures that the properties are maintained and upgraded to meet the new technologies available on the market.

Investigate your land thoroughly

Before you consider carrying out any development project on your vacant land, take your time to explore the area very well. Take into account the nature of the population that environs it and develop a good development idea.

Good research will give you insights into the projects that can last for long in that area. This will ensure that your development capital doesn't waste or get misused by constructing unnecessary structures.

Ian Mutuli

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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.

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