When a writer or an artist approaches a blank page, there’s always that period of intimidation. Being met with unlimited possibilities can be unnerving, but in a good way. Think of vacant land as your canvas to build your business dream on.
Having vision is a great thing. Your business takes a certain amount of imagination to work. If you choose to take the route of developing vacant land over using an existing structure, it’s definitely going to require some imagination. There's available assistance to help in redeveloping land. That creative freedom is incredibly rewarding when you get to see the finished product. At the same time, you have to be careful to not cause yourself problems.
Developing vacant land is an involved process, to varying degrees. If the land was once prepared for construction or it has been built on in the past, some of the work may be done for you. Provided that the work isn’t outdated and things are up to code, that’s a step in the right direction. If you’re planning to develop on vacant land that was once home to another building, be sure to investigate about the construction history. Things like sinkholes and shifted foundation can throw a wrench in plans.
If the land you plan to build on is wilderness vacant, there are a few more steps to be had than if there used to be a building there. Don’t let that discourage you; it’s just a part of the process.
Electrical and plumbing work has to be planned out carefully. When designing the building and drawing the layout, connect with an architect and building inspector as soon as possible to make sure that what you want to plan is realistic and within code. Building codes govern all the little things that are easily over looked. Things like how close together electrical sockets are and how many exits there are on the building matter more than you might think. Also keep in mind that property boundaries aren’t necessarily your buildable dimensions. Knowing what to expect will help you incorporate these regulations into your designs.
Using an expert, you can figure out how well your vision translates into a tangible building. Architects and engineers are invaluable resources. Their jobs force them to think about things on a day-to-day basis that most people outside of their field wouldn’t consider. Details like stormwater drainage systems and how best to utilize natural light are things that can drastically improve your building and save you trouble.
Developing vacant land is an investment. It’s a labor of love. Being mindful and planning carefully will save you many headaches down the road. Layout your vision with must-haves and must-not-haves and start planning as soon as you can. It’s only a blank piece of paper until you start drawing.