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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.

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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.

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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".

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Lot selection for a new or existing residence involves many important considerations. Lots have soil,land, building, and service features of critical import you need to examine. There are 25 tips total presented in a 3-part summary. This is Part I - with the first 8 pointers to make your lot selection a smart one.

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Soil is a basic element you need to understand before you select your building lot. The soil profile of the land and surrounding landscape will affect your home and conditions without end. Types of soil and depth will determine specific needs for water, septic system, potential dangerous landslides, drainage potential and other important considerations.

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Lot selection should include consideration of many features. Lots, whether new or existing, are unequal in features of importance, such as utilities, zoning and potential for floods or drainage disasters. Lot and home assets addressed in this column may not even occur to many people. Lots for sale should be thoroughly reviewed with these tips in mind before you choose where you will make your home.

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Drainage of lots you are considering is critically important to review. Yard drainage disaster can be avoided if you study the landscape and slope of residential lots before you buy land to build the home of your dreams. Too late? Live in Soggy City now? Trench drains are one of the most dynamic landscape drainage solutions.

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Topographic maps will help you understand the elevation and slope of the land you are interested in buying. A topographic map of the lots you are considering will help you to avoid major drainage disaster, flooding and damage to your home down the road.

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