Where you choose to build your new home is absolutely pivotal to the success of your project.

The location of the plot of land will definitely determine the design of your house too, so it’s imperative that you get it right.

What to Look for:

  • Before you start any plans, you’ll need to know the land inside out. Factors you’ll need to consider include soil condition, drainage and the building codes in the region of your plot.
  • As a rough guide, you’ll likely need about a tenth of an acre at least to build a new home. But expect to spend many long and frustrating hours finding the plot for you. Great sites don’t become available very often so you might need to be flexible with what you’re looking for.

Where to Look:

  • A great resource for finding available land is Plotfinder. A subscription for a year costs £40 and you can trawl about 10,000 different plots in the UK and beyond.
    Also try UK Land Search for a pay-as-you-go service with no sign up fee. A detailed plot report from here will cost you £1.
  • Land auctions can be a great value way to pick up a plot of land because a quick sale is almost always needed on them. It’s a good idea to attend a couple of auctions first, just to get a feel for the environment and make sure you know what’s going on before actually placing any bids as they can sometimes be a little daunting.
  • If you’re swayed by an auction, it’s worth bearing in mind that the time between the actual announcement of the auction and the physical sale is only about a month so you’ll have to get a move on with decision making. This means arranging and carrying out any surveys and sorting out your finances. Because when that gavel falls, you’ll be asked to pay a deposit on the land immediately to seal your contract.
    Savills is a good start when searching for auctions in your area.
  • If there is simply no land available, a great piece of advice is to take a drive around the area you have your heart set on and look for bungalows or dilapidated properties. Rebuilding an existing property could be your only option in some parts of the country, especially where free land is sparse.

If you decide to go down this route, give your Local Planning Authority a call. They’ll advise you on how rebuilds are treated in the area and if there are any restrictions in place.

Above all, make sure that wherever you choose to build a new home is somewhere you love and can see yourself for a long time to come.