In our rural area, builders and homeowners only have to follow basic guidelines set by the state when building a home. The incorporated areas of Safford, Thatcher and Pima do have additional requirements as to county properties in subdivisions.
If you are purchasing a property or plan to build in an area where the legal description is "metes and bounds" then there are some things to be aware of.
1. Check the permitting. Many homeowners self-build additions or enclose carports without building permits. This becomes problamatic both for the construction itself and for counting any addiitonal square footage at resale. If there is no permit on file, an appraiser will likely not count the extra room.
2. Check for utilities. Be sure if there is a shared well that you have a recorded agreement as to who will pay to service the well and who pays for the power.
3. Road Maintenance - Often, the road to your home might be a private road. Be sure that the county or city maintains the road, if not, check to see that there is a road maintenance agreement.
4. Foundations - Currently, our county (and likely many others) does not require a soil test to determine the best foundation/slab type for the home. Be sure that the structure is sound and if building, fully check out the foundation types for your area to be sure that you won't have structural concerns.