If you have always loved spending time in the woods, then purchasing a home on wooded land may be the perfect choice for you. But there are some risks involved with buying a home on such property. So, you need to look over a specific property carefully and ask the right questions before you sign on the dotted line. Here are four things to check out before buying a home on wooded land.
Are the trees near the home in good shape?
Look closely at any trees that are immediately surrounding the home. If any of them show signs of disease, such as brown or spotty leaves or cankers on the trunk, there is a danger of them falling into the home if a storm or harsh wind blows in. You may want to ask the homeowner if they will have these trees removed before you buy—or you may want to consider making a lower offer, since you'll want to have the unhealthy trees removed as soon as you buy.
You should also take a quick look at the trees that don't immediately surround the home. If a lot of them appear to be diseased, then the disease may continue to spread through the lot, and you could be dealing with a lot of dead trees in a few yeas.
Are there areas you can clear if needed?
Perhaps you do not intend on clearing any more land. But if you do, you'll want to carefully survey the land and make sure this is possible. If there are no flat areas, then you may find that it's very expensive to clear and level another site to build a shed, barn, or out building. You may want to move on to another piece of land that has more clear space or space that's easily cleared.
Are the neighbors respectful?
Many people buy wooded land because it feels secluded. But sometimes, neighbors are not so respectful of boundaries if there are trees to hide in. Ask the current homeowner how they get along with their neighbors. If they have trouble with neighbors hunting or 4-wheeling on the land without permission, you may want to reconsider your purchase if solitude is your ultimate goal.
If you're having trouble finding the perfect wooded lot for your needs, contact a buying real estate agent in your area. They can help you find properties that suit your specific needs, and they can even find out a lot of the information above for you.