The location of a construction site will have an impact on the price and timeline, as well as the functionality of the structure when the project is completed. When looking for a site to build on, there are several considerations that need to be taken into account.

Who controls the property?

In most cases, land will fall under the jurisdiction of either the city or county. Before you build, find out who has jurisdiction, and what they have the property zoned for. This will dictate who you go to for permits and inspections.

What are the boundaries of the property?

Obviously, you’ll want to build on a site that’s big enough to accommodate the structure, parking, and other necessities. It’s also a good idea to leave a little room for expansion. This will prevent getting landlocked with no room to grow in the future.

Are the soil conditions suitable?

One of the most important factors in a new construction project can’t be seen, unless you brought a shovel. The conditions of the soil will determine if the site can support the weight of the structure you want to build. If the soil can’t support the proposed structure, you’ll either have to alter the building plans or bring in new soil. The first option is less than ideal, and the second can get expensive.

Is the site flat?

Speaking of dirt work, the slope of the site can also have a big impact on the price and timeline. If the site has a steep slope, you’ll have to move some dirt around to flatten it out. This can take a while and add up quickly.

Are there any contamination concerns?

An initial site survey should be conducted to check for any existing and potential soil contaminations. If any risks are identified, another assessment needs to be conducted to test the soil.

These are just a few questions to ask before making the final decisions for a site location. Other issues, like zoning, infrastructure, and permitting, also need to be factored in as well.