Driveways and Buying Property

Many buyers do not think to ask what kind of a driveway they can put in before purchasing land. Here are some quick driveway tips which might help you when purchasing land. The steps you will need to take may vary depending on where you intend to place your driveway.

1) If the land fronts on a town road you will need to obtain a permit from the township in which the land is located.
2) If the lot fronts on a county road you will need to get a permit from the county, which may take a month just to get the permit.
3) If the land fronts on a state highway it may take several months to get the permit so be sure to a lot for the extra time this type of permit might take.

All three types of permits typically have a fee involved.  Many times a culvert is required to prevent the driveway from backing up water flow in the ditch along the road.  An official from the township, county or state will need to go to the site to tell you what size of a culvert you need in the ditch.  If a very large culvert is required it can be costly. In some cases, you will not be granted a driveway permit because the vision corridor isn’t large enough.  This typically happens because of a hill or a curve.  A driveway could end up costing you hundreds of dollars or thousands of dollars.  Before you purchase property, it is a good idea to check into this so you can save yourself unneeded trouble.  Most of our lots for sale at already have a driveway installed.  We hope you found these tips helpful.

Land Surveying

Country land surveys are often done in densely wooded areas.  Many property owners shop around when getting a survey done on their land because prices can vary.  Surveys are done by a licensed land surveyor but many times the cheapest price for a survey isn’t always the best way to go.  There are a couple basic questions you should ask when getting a survey of your property done:

How are the property lines going to be marked?  Typically the surveyor will survey your lot, put the corners in and mark the corners by the easiest method they can find.  The easiest method often does not include brushing or marking the property lines.  For example, a surveyor may give you a map where you can easily find the front corners along the road.  If it is a larger parcel of land you may not even be able to find the back corners.  Even if you are able to locate the corners, how do you get a straight line from corner to corner if the surveyor has not marked the lines?  So as you can see, it is in your best interest to ask the surveyor how he is going to mark the property lines.  Find out if the lines are going to be brushed, ribboned, or if the surveyor just going to set the corners.  Don’t assume you will be able to identify your property lines after a survey is done.

Are the corners of the land going to be labeled?  Find out if the surveyor plans to put a pipe in the ground.  If you walk up to the pipe, how are you going to know where the pipe is?  Will there be a path next to it labeled?  Is there going to be a more permanent marking such as a labeled steel fence post?  Don’t assume you will be able to find your property corners after a survey is done.

All of the lots for sale at are surveyed and property lines are well marked to make the propety buying process as smooth and headache free as possible.  No matter where you buy property, be sure that this service is done and done correctly.

Perc Testing

There is a common misconception with new land buyers that perc testing has something to do with a well.  We have gotten many questions from first time buyers about perc testing and wanted to help clear up the confusion.

Country lots need septic systems.   A perc test tells you the type of septic system that you can put in on your property.  It is important to know what type of system your land is suitable for.  The cost of the systems vary quite dramatically and can drastically affect the value of your property.

A perc test is done by testing the type of soil you have and where the high ground water is.  This will tell you the type of septic system you can put in.  One thing to consider before doing a perc test is that wherever you perform the test is the exact spot where the septic system will go so you need to know where your home or cottage is going to be on the lot before you do perc testing.

A perc test is done by a licensed soil tester who typically uses a back hoe in digging three holes.  The results from this test will tell you what type of septic system your property requires.  Many people hope for a conventional system which is usually considered the best because it is the most reasonably priced.  Other systems include: a system in fill, an at grade system, a mound system or a holding tank.  An additional benefit of doing doing a perc test is that often the test will tell you if your land is suitable for a basement or not and will give you an estimate of how deep in the ground you can go with your basement.  For example, if you needed a mound system, typically your system could not go in the ground more than 2 feet.  In this instance, not only is the mound system more expensive, but you would also have to factor in the cost of filling in around your home if you wanted to have a basement.  The cost of a perc test in the Crivitz, Wisconsin area where many of our properties are located is typically around $300.00.   So when you are planning your land buying budget, be sure to set aside some funds for this test.

More Info On Perc Testing:

Perc Testing on Wikipedia

Percolation Testing