- The cost of septic and well or sewer and water. In some areas it is wise to ask if there is a water moratorium.
- The cost of electricity and any other services needed such as cable.
- Permit costs including school fees, low income housing fees, any other fees required by your building department.
- The cost of accessing the property which can include not only the drive but the type of material and any other special requirements such as perhaps a culvert or paving a steep section.
- Any special soil concerns and any anticipated circumstances with the foundation. It is impossible to predict all contingencies such as hitting a large rock but the building department should be able to tell you if you are going to need a geologist's report. Some phone calls to determine the cost of the report and any anticipated problems would be prudent.
- All departments of the building and planning departments should be queried as to any special requirements such as an unusual snow load, seismic zone, FEMA or coastal commission approval. They should also be able to tell you if you are in any protected wetland areas or areas that might be affected by such things as Native American artifacts.
- Any architectural review or CC&Rs that can affect the development of the property.
- Any other issues with the property such as easements or other rights.
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