Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: San Diego, Ca USA
Buy, unless you have a huge bunch of money to cover cost overruns.
A bank will lend for the land. You have to do the homework to make sure the land can support a house, so you need to first pay a soil expert to say the land can be built on, pay someone else to grade. Then go to city hall and pull permits, then build, get inspections, build, have stuff go wrong, experience every conceivable frustration, and possibly have neighbors show up and try to stop you from building. I mean like they file stop orders with judges, and stuff like that.
If you can go off-grid, do so. Get plenty of solar panels and consider having a DC house.
Are you going to pen your own design or have an architect dream up something? What about landscaping?
You need to somehow find a good supervisor: someone who will drive the workers to maintain velocity and (more importantly) to make sure they're doing a good job.
Also consider buying a house that's a good starting point that you can build out later.
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Last edited by P63; 06-04-2019 at 06:32 PM.