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Apr
20

The Essential Guide to Buying Vacant Land

No matter what your purpose, buying a plot of vacant land comes with its own unique set of concerns. This is especially true, when you’re buying land with the intention of building a primary residence. Here are a few things to look out for, when shopping for a plot of land.

Make Sure You Understand the Zoning Requirements

There are many points to consider here and, if the zoning regulations aren’t to your liking, you may not win a fight to have them changed. Consider whether the zoning laws will affect your ability to build the type of structure you intend to build. For instance, a suburb of Sacramento, California prohibits building any structure on less than 20 acres of land. Also inquire about future zoning plans. You don’t want to build your home just to find out you’ll soon be living next to a strip mall or an airport.

Pay Attention to Your Senses

When you’re visiting the property, do more than look with your eyes. There are some things you just can’t notice on a realtor’s website. Are there many planes flying overhead, or is there a set of train tracks nearby? Similarly, do you hear farm animals, or is their scent a little too powerful? If these experiences overwhelm you now, imagine living with them 24 hours a day.

Look at the Formation of the Land

Is the property near a hill or on uneven land? If so, it may be exposed to frequent mudslides or a shifting of the land. This can cause any foundation you build to become unstable and may even crack. Similarly, if your plot of land is near water or below sea level, flooding can pose a risk. Depending on the severity of the flooding, you may still be able to build by putting your home on a raised foundation.

Don’t Get Too Neighborly

When you’re buying a home, it’s often a good idea to talk to the neighbors. This can help you get a better idea about the area, as far as crime, schools, etc. It’s a little different, when you’re looking for a vacant plot of land. People living in the area have grown accustomed to that plot of land being vacant. All of a sudden, you come along and want to build a new home, creating the burdensome nature of construction and possibly taking away the field where their children play. These are just some of the reasons area residents may try to block your plans.

The Equivalent of a Home Inspection

You wouldn’t skimp on the home inspection, when buying a house. Neither should you skip the land survey and environmental tests. For starters, the environmental tests can keep you from buying a plot of land that may pose health risks to you and your family. For instance, a service station or mechanic may have used the property at some point, which means gasoline, oil, and other contaminants may be present in the soil.
Additionally, a land …

Apr
10

Saving Time, Money and Stress When You’re Moving a Business

Thousands of households move every year, but families aren’t the only ones migrating to new locations. Many businesses also make moves when more or less space is needed, their lease runs up or it’s simply time to make a change.

If you thought making a residential move was difficult, a commercial move will really stress you out. Even simply moving from one office to another within the same building can be a tedious task. Completely relocating a business can feel like you’re working another full-time job. You have to run the business while moving the business.

Making a business move is a challenge, but it’s one that sometimes has to be met. If you’re in that boat, use the three tips below to reduce the stress, time and money involved with moving your business.

Choose the Right Movers

Chances are you aren’t in the business of moving if you’re reading this. In order to keep your own business up and running, it’s a good idea to enlist the help of professional movers who can handle the heavy lifting. The trick is to hire movers that specialize in commercial moving.

Some moving companies are taking the Jack-of-all-trades approach while others specialize in one or a few types of services. For instance, Allied Van Lines is a highly reputable residential moving company that can help with employee relocation, however, commercial moves aren’t their niche.

Hiring movers comes at a cost, but the benefits typically outweigh the expense. Some cost considerations include:

  • Professional movers are less likely to break items while packing and in transit.
  • If something is broken it’s covered by the moving company’s insurance rather than coming out of your pocket.
  • No risk of employees getting injured and having to take off work.
  • Less downtime for the business since employees can focus on work while the movers handle the relocation.

Beyond residential versus commercial, you also have to take distance into account. Local moves can be handled by just about any moving company in the surrounding area. However, long-distance moves require more logistics and legal requirements.

If you’re relocating the office to another state the moving company will need to have a license for interstate moves, which is granted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). You can use the FMCSA mover registration search portal to verify a company is properly licensed.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Plan and Move

Beyond selecting the right movers, the most important thing you can do is give yourself plenty of time to plan and make the move. Moving companies recommend giving yourself at least a month for a residential move, but commercial moves are more complex. It’s best to give yourself at least two months if possible.

The more time you give yourself the less disruption there will be in the business, and you’re more likely to save money. You’ll have time to look for deals on moving supplies and compare the prices of service providers. Taking the time to create a …