Lot For Sale! What could possibly go wrong?

Home Inspector with EKAN Home Inspection CPBC #69177

A return client asked me to accompany him on a lot inspection. He's considering constructing a new family home and wanted a second opinion on his lot selection. As a no-charge service I accompanied him to have a look. The area was a new sub-division on a hill. Here's the investigation process I went through with the buyer.

A site walk-through is useful is for visual clues of micro-issues:

(1) Unstable soils - look for signs of  erosion, soil movement, sloping trees. 

(2) Groundwater - any springs, ponds, soggy ground, marsh vegitation?

(3) Over excavation & blasting potential - stones, rocks or boulders visible? 

Review the developer's documentation package for macro-issues:

(a) Geotechnical report - will the foundations be straight-forward or complex?

(b) Environmental site assessment - any legacy issues such as being sited on reclaimed land from a former industrial plant?

(c) Underground and overhead right-of-ways - is there an easement allowance for a future high voltage transmission line next to the lot line?

(d) Restrictions - every subdivision will have accompanying design limitations, fees and special charges - will your dream home and budget  fit the regulations?

(e) Zoning - if there is agricultural, commercial or industrial zoning nearby,  will you be able to live with the associated sounds, smells, traffic and visual impact? 

Building your dream home, from scratch, on a lot of your choice, is certainly a special experience. Just be sure to do all your homework in advance!




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EKAN Home & Property Inspections

Sunshine Coast, North Vancouver, West Vancouver 

Comments (2)

James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Eugene.  Thankfully, no one has ever asked me to do that. 

Feb 25, 2017 08:52 AM
Eugene Kanciar
EKAN Home Inspection - West Vancouver, BC
Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind

Hi James. This is exactly what a contractor does when he builds a spec home. Why not learn from the master? ;-)

Feb 25, 2017 09:11 AM