So you've bought a property and you are ready to start building your dream house. Have you decided where your house will sit on the property? What's in the way? Trees, old buildings? What must be moved before construction of your new home begins?
You need to clear the area to make way for your new home. Do you just get a bulldozer in to smash everything down and clear it out the way of construction? Do you flatten the whole site?
Clearing the construction site could involve:
Do not flatten the wrong things
It's easy to send a bulldozer in and clear everything on your property. But you will have additional costs to remove everything you smashed down on the property - stuff that could have, or should have remained in place. You could later regret the trees that were destroyed, or the good top soil that you paid to be carted from the project, top soil and trees that you wish you had to establish your new garden. Of course as we said in our previous article you definitely don't want to be building on top soil or vegetation, which won't provide a good foundation for your home.
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Choosing Your Property – Where to Build
This is an extract from the author's book 'An Introduction to Building and Renovating Houses: Volume 1 Hiring Contractors, Managing Construction and Finishing Your Home'.
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