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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.

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A soil map is one of the most important resources you can have when building a home. Tim Carter discusses why you should use soil maps, and how one can be used to build a better home.

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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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