Buying Land in Port Townsend

Are you exploring the idea of buying land in Port Townsend? Perhaps you are looking for a place to build your dream home or maybe you just want a place to retreat to on weekends to escape the hustle and bustle of life. Either way, you will want to make sure you consider the following questions when investigating a property.

1)    Does the Property Have Water?

Is a public water share available or is there a well on site already? If not, you will either need to bring in public water or in most cases with raw land – drill your own well. This can be costly so be sure to consult a Well Drilling Company to project well depths in the area and provide you with an estimate of what a well will cost. If your plans include building, the county will not issue a permit without some type of water supply so this is an important piece of the puzzle.

2)    Where’s the Electricity?

How close is the nearest power line? Is it already in the street right to the property or does it need to be brought in several hundred feet? Step one is to find out what company or PUD provides the power. Step two is to find out where the nearest hook up is located. Step three is to get an estimate on how much it will be to connect power and run it to your home site.

3)    Septic or Sewer?

We don’t like to think about this unsightly stuff, but sewage has to go somewhere. If the property is close to the city, it may have a sewer connection available. If not, a septic system will need to be installed. As part of your due diligence, you will want to perform a soils test to make sure the property can adequately handle a septic system and determine what type of system will need to be installed. A local septic design company can assist with this process.

4)    Are There Wetlands?

This is an important factor in Washington State as many properties have areas with wetlands. While these can provide a scenic back drop, they can also greatly limit your use of the property. Make sure you fully understand the limitations of owning a property with wetlands before you complete the purchase.

Asking these questions up front will get you on the right start as you begin your search for that perfect parcel of land in Port Townsend. For more information on finding property and other questions you should consider please feel free to contact us.

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