Plot hunting and bear hunting are surprisingly similar.
The scarcity of what you're looking for can be hellishly frustrating and when you finally find one, you face many dangers - how do you catch it, what do you do with it, and how do you avoid those bear traps that seem to be set to catch you out?
To the trained eye, or rather one with the experience of a thousand cuts, the question of avoiding traps is fairly straight forward - take a methodical approach to plot appraisal, asking a thousand and one questions and never ever assume you know the answers.
This is the million dollar question and one that professioanl builders are surprisingly good at figuring out - mainly because they have the experience. For a self-builder who will probably only ever build once, you wont have the benefit of this experience and therefore plot appraisal can feel particularly challenging and risky. Potton offer a free 'planning appraisal of your plot' to help you uncover its suitability for building on.
Whilst it's not possible to cover all possible questoins within an article, I can recommend following a methodical approach and here are my top seven places to look for 'bear traps'.
Watch & Learn: Self Build expert and author David Snell, shares his top tips for finding land.
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