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I am looking to purchase a raw piece of land near a major interstate. I plan on buying this raw land and hold it and sell later in the future maybe 10-20 years from now. I don't plan on building a house on it or anything of the sort, I want to keep it as raw land. At most I will build a fence around the property to be able to distinguish which piece of land is mine. The land is in the USA

My questions is: If I plan on buying a raw piece of land that I do not want to build on, will it be necessary for me to either have a contractor run a main line to the sewer/pay to have a septic system installed? Can I just leave the land as is? Do I have to have either or? Also do I have to fence off the land at all or can I just leave it as is?

Thank you.

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    What makes you think you have to install a sewer connection with no house to extract waste from? – D Stanley Nov 16 '20 at 14:26
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    What does this have to do with personal finance or money? Maybe Law.SE is a better place... – Ron Beyer Nov 16 '20 at 14:27
  • Sorry D Stanley I am new to real estate investing and this will be my first land purchase, I should have disclosed this. I am doing my due diligence before rashly jumping into any investment. I suppose I don't have to install a sewer then? Will a lack of sewer/septic reduce the possible investment value in the future or is that for the next owner to worry about? – PA-GW Nov 16 '20 at 14:28
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    Whether you need to improve land to comply with municipal building codes, will depend entirely on your local jurisdiction. – Grade 'Eh' Bacon Nov 16 '20 at 14:28
  • Well, why do you think you would have to? – user253751 Nov 16 '20 at 17:14
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For the sake of filling in the answer box,

  • it depends utterly on your local government.

  • this varies drastically across the US,

  • and even within one municipality, depends greatly on other factors, whether it's a division, zoning, etc

Your supplementary questions about fencing etc: exactly the same applies.

Pick up the phone and call the local council/whatever.


FOOTNOTE: when one hears about someone "wanting to buy a gold coin!", in 50% of cases they are about to be mildly-to-middlingly ripped-off by some idiot selling gold coins at a horrible price using local TV ads featuring photos of Mt Rushmore, etc. Similarly, when one hears about someone "wanting to buy some land!" there is a chance that essentially, you're about to be ripped-off by some idiot with TV ads and a homegoods MLM scheme on the side. So, take care.

Few things in the world can be smarter than a land bank.

Few things in the world can be dumber than a land bank.


Your other question,

"Will a lack of sewer/septic reduce the possible investment value in the future or is that for the next owner to worry about?'

Yes, IN SOME CASES, if you do the work of adding utilities, that will HUGELY increase the value of the piece of land.

In OTHER cases, it will achieve utterly nothing / likely be a total waste of money.

It's impossible to answer without knowing every fact, location, land type, etc etc; even then local experts would disagree.


Another good trick is, you are surely using an agent. The agent will give you GREAT and local advice on all these issues. (Unless you are being ripped-off so badly that even your agent is in on it. :/ )

Always ask your agent everything. If you don't have an agent, just call every local agent and they will freely and generously give you completely free really useful advice.

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  • Thank you @Fattie for giving a real answer. I will follow your advice. – PA-GW Nov 16 '20 at 15:20
  • I hope it helps somehow! I even added more info :) Good luck. It can be a GREAT investment but take care – Fattie Nov 16 '20 at 15:21

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