Several people who work and live in the city look for a way to wind down and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Camping spots seem to be hard to find and crowded on busy weekends. Not to mention sharing the campgrounds with loud neighbors blasting heavy base gets old. Even the needles from the pine tree are shaking.
Owning property in Colorado is an excellent alternative. It makes fighting for campsites over Labor Day weekend seem a thing of the past.
Taking the kids camping becomes more enjoyable and rewarding. Fishing or hunting with the guys becomes a chance to share your property with friends.
Many people invest in a property for recreational use but plan to build a home or cabin in the future.
Here are six things you need to know before buying land in Colorado.
- How do you plan on using the land?
Be clear on what activities and resources are essential for you and your family. Narrow down the search and ask the right questions beforehand.
Are you looking for property to teach your son or daughter how to hunt or fish? If so, be sure to look for the nearest water source, plenty of ground cover, and a healthy wildlife population.
Are you an avid hiker, biker, and nature enthusiast? Look for land near National Forests or State Parks. These areas provide plenty of recreational hiking and biking trails.
Every parcel of land is unique. Be specific about what you want!
Hint: Check out Google Earth to get a better idea of the “lay of the land.” Are there hills or valleys, streams, or State Parks nearby?
- Where’s the drinking water?
Carrying in water is typical for camping. Owning property means we, as property owners, can build a cabin or small house in the future.
It’s important to know if there’s an existing water line or well water system on the property. Tapping into an existing water line might be an option. This usually means paying a fee to hookup and the cost of installing pipes and meters.
If your land is not near an existing water line, building a water well system may be the better option. This requires drilling permits and construction costs.
If your land is remote chances are hooking up to a sewer system is not an option.
If there’s an existing sewer system, look into the hookup fees. Otherwise, look into the cost of a septic system installation. Keep in mind, before putting in a septic system; the land has to pass a percolation test, also referred to as a “perk test.”
A perk test is a soil evaluation required before building a septic system for wastewater. For the test, someone will dig a hole in the soil and time how fast water drains into the soil.
Failing a perk test means that the water drained too fast or didn’t drain at all. If the land fails the perk test, then a septic system is not a suitable way to manage wastewater.
Without a sewer system or septic system, building a cabin with running water and toilets is more of a challenge.
- Electric-ready or Off-Grid Living?
One of the draws to rural Colorado lands is the chance to get away from the city lights and enjoy the night sky. But what does it really mean to be away from a major city?
Paying to run electricity up to rural property may not be an option for your dream cabin living. Not to mention, this can mean forking out your life savings. Fortunately, there are other options.
Solar and wind energy are great off-grid alternatives to conventional electricity. And better for the environment, too.
Solar and wind energy are common around the state of Colorado. So, the next step is to research which option works best for the land.
- Accessible Terrain
Before buying property, it’s good to know where the nearest town is in case of an emergency. You never know, what if the kids run out of graham crackers and marshmallows.
Google Maps is a great way to see what’s nearby.
Are the roads private or country roads; paved, or dirt; flat as a pancake or steep and winding?
Get in the truck and drive. This is the best way to get to know the area. Check out the nearest town, grocery store, shopping centers, and medical centers. While driving, keep in mind the seasonal weather conditions. What would the drive look like if there’s snow on the ground?
People often think that Colorado is a snow-packed purple mountains majesty. Coloradans understand that a snow-covered mountain majesty is not always a dream commute.
Okay, let’s talk about driveway access. Is there an existing road or driveway on the property?
Can the RV make it up that steep terrain, and is there a place to park it once it’s up there?
There are diverse landscapes and terrain throughout Colorado. It’s crucial as landowners, to keep in mind the vision for the property. If building a driveway seems impossible, then this is not the right plot of land to build a vacation home.
- Zoning Laws
We’ve made it this far. Great! Now, let’s dig into the nitty-gritty.
Tiny House living may sound appealing, but some zoning laws in Colorado don’t allow a tiny house on wheels or even a storage shed to be on the land.
Some land requires a permanent structure with a foundation and specific building dimensions.
It’s always good to have a basic overview of zoning laws before signing over your hard-earned cash. Knowing the zoning laws could save you a lot of time and stress in the future.
Colorado Homeowners are familiar with homeowner taxes. Keep in mind that owning land in Colorado comes with property taxes, too. Vacant land property taxes are typically inexpensive on vacant land.
Are you looking to invest in property in Colorado and don’t know where to start? We’ve got the place for you.
Avannah Properties strives to help people buy land in Colorado. We offer financing options with low down payments and flexible payment plans.
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