If you are buying land for your landscaping business, there are many things you need to consider. This is especially true because of the type of business you have. Below are two things to make sure you check before you sign on the dotted line.
The first thing you should do is to hire a land surveyor to check the boundaries of your land. The last thing you want to happen is have your business over a property line. In a case like this, the owner of the property could make you take this part of your business down.
The land surveyor will first need the first survey that was taken for the land from your county's municipality. This surveys shows the original boundaries and will also have the dimensions of the land or stakes making the boundaries.
The surveyor has special equipment that they use to get the exact dimensions of the land. They will pull the dimensions from different areas around the land. They will then map the points with stakes or spray paint.
When the surveyor is finished, they will have you sign the survey and they will file it with your county's authorities.
In many cases, you will have to have this boundary surveying done before you can purchase the land.
Because you have a landscaping business you will likely be planting flowers and other plants in the ground to show people that you take good care of flowers. If you do this, you should make sure the soil is in good condition.
The soil condition is also important for building your business on. The soil beneath the business should not be unstable. If it is, the building will have structural damage from the soil expanding and shifting. You can hire a soil engineer to come to the land and inspect and test the soil. The soil engineer can determine the settlement and how deep the ground water is.
Clay soil is the worst kind of soil to build on and to plant flowers in. This is because it holds water and it also drains very poorly. You can tell if you have clay soil on your own by grabbing a handful of damp soil. Once you do this, roll the soil into a ball between your hands. If the soil is healthy it will crumble which means the soil drains well and contains gravel and sand mix. If the soil does not crumble but stays in a ball, then the soil has a lot of clay in it.
If the soil is clay, the soil engineer may bring in granular fill to make it more suitable. This can get very expensive, however, so you may want to consider looking for different property.
If you need help finding a land surveyor or a soil engineer, ask your real estate agent to help you.