Clearing land to build a new home may not be a do-it-yourself project. Land clearing can involve heavy land clearing equipment, depending on the size of the construction project. You might start with some simple hand tools, an industrial grade chainsaw and end up with a bulldozer.
Tim Carter, of AsktheBuilder.com, demonstrates how to drill holes in clay soil and fill them with gravel to prevent foundation cracks. During droughts, the soil around the foundation can contract and cause a foundation crack.
Topographic maps will tell you a lot about a lot. The spacing of the topographic lines will indicate any hills or valleys on that piece of property. Topography will aid in spotting streams or storm water retention basins on the lot before you purchase it.
New Hampshire is a beautiful state with plentiful natural areas and beautiful landscapes. Tim Carter shows you his New Hampshire land and gives you a preview of the type of New Hampshire real estate you can find.
Soil strength and quality are extremely important when building a new home since most house foundations contact soil, not bedrock. Not all soils are the same, so it is vital you get a valid soil test and inspection.
Lot selection may often be based upon pure emotional reactions to the landscape or specific features of the lots you consider for your home. Residential lots will be less of a mystery with this checklist and will serve to make your lot decision a smart one. Here are the final 9 tips -- Part III of "Lot Selection- 25 Tips".