Purchasing Some Farmland? Tips to Get Everything Set Up Correctly

Posted on: 15 December 2016

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If you have purchased a farm and plan to build a new home on your land, there are some things you should consider while building. For example, you may want to hook up the septic system to the city sewer system and make sure the soil is good for crops and building a home. Below is some information about this so everything will go smoothly for you.

Hook Up Septic System to the City Sewer System

If there is a septic system on the property, hooking up the system to a city sewer can save you a lot of time. This is because a city sewer connects to your community instead of your home. This means if there is a problem with the sewer, you will not take care of it—your city will. Besides that, there will rarely be any problems since professionals maintain the sewer constantly.

Before this process can be started, a contractor will pump the septic tank and then remove the lid. The contractor uses gravel or sand to fill in the septic tank and then puts the lid back on.

To connect to the local city sewer system, you have to obtain a permit and then hire a trenching company to install the water lines from the city sewer to your land. The trenching contractor has to dig a deep trench through means known as dry-ice blasting, install the water lines, and then cover them up with compacted soil. The trenching company is important, as it will make things go much more quickly for you.

When the hook-up is complete, the building department in your area will inspect and approve it.

Based on many factors, the cost of hooking up a septic system to a city sewer is approximately $1,500 to $15,000.

Check the Soil

Because you are using the land for a farm, it is important that the soil is in good condition. For example, it is difficult to grow anything if you have clay soil. You can determine this on your own. Grab a handful of soil somewhere on the property and squeeze. If the soil turns into a tight ball and stays like this, then you have clay soil. Instead, when you release your hand, the soil should fall apart.

The nutrients in the soil are also important, as if you do not have the right nutrients, your crops will not grow. There are soil test kits you can purchase to test this, but because you have a farm, you should take a sample of the soil to your local extension office. They can tell you the nutrients you need to add, if any, and how to add them. These nutrients will help if you have clay soil. It is also important that you check the soil for building your home.

Your real-estate agent can be a good source of information on other things you need to consider when choosing your farmland.