How to Build on Your Own Lot in Texas

by Heather Hanlon ; Updated July 27, 2017
A builder laying tile on a construction site.

Texas has a wealth of land and a healthy economy, and building on your own lot in Texas is a highly desirable option for some buyers. The process of building your own home, however, is very involved, and requires working with experts who know the laws of land as well as the laws of building property.

Step 1

Get pre-approved for a mortgage for property and the house you plan to build if you do not have cash for the purchase. A bank you do other business with may provide better rates, or may be able to offer banking services at a discount once you obtain a mortgage with them.

Step 2

Call or email real estate agents in the area you plan to buy. Ideally, get a referral from someone you know. Interview the agent about his past experience with the purchase of land in the area. Buying raw land involves much more than buying a house. You have to consider land quality, whether utilities are in existence, how they will be laid if not, local building restrictions, state building restrictions, and local and state permits. There are likely even more considerations beyond these that are specific to your local area. Ask your real estate agent about all of these.

Step 3

Call or email builders and architects. Like the real estate agent, they should be familiar with local land characteristics and local and state ordinances. Such familiarity is even more important for the builder and architect since they will implement the project.

Step 4

Submit an offer on the property. The seller has the option to accept, counter, or reject your offer.

Step 5

Go under contract as long as all parties agree to the terms.

Step 6

Close on the property.

Step 7

Begin working with the architect and builder once you have closed on the property. As an owner, you should plan to visit the building site very regularly to ensure the work you have contracted is being done to your specifications.

Tips

  • To simplify the process of buying a lot, you can buy in a planned subdivision where builders have already laid utility infrastructure and have a set of home plans available.

Warnings

  • You may be tempted to start working with your architect to draw up blueprints prior to close. However, if the land does not close you could be holding plans you cannot use on another piece of land since the property may be designed to suit the land.

References

  • "Real Estate Principles I"; The Texas Real Estate Commission; 2006

About the Author

Heather Hanlon has been writing since 1994. She has worked as a technical writer, trainer and has developed websites for private clients. She is also a real estate agent. Hanlon holds a Bachelor of Arts in news writing from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Arts in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University.

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