Building a home of own is always the dream of many and people work very hard to fulfill this dream. So it is important to understand the process of the home building completely so that there are no laws or regulations violated in the process. This is necessary because such violations can cause you a lot of money in penalties and you may also have to suffer other damages and losses. To avoid any such thing, it is prudent to understand what general laws are applicable when you start building your home and what legal precautions should be taken while building your home.
Legal precautions to be taken while building your home
- Always ensure that the land you are purchasing has a clear title. A clear title means the land is not part of any dispute and the current owner owns is without any lien or liability.
- It is always suggested that the transaction between you and the seller is done through legal channels so that you will have means of legal action if something goes wrong in the deal causing you loss.
- Once you have purchased the land, the next step is actually building the home and for this, it is important to have all the necessary licenses and permits from the local zoning authorities. Failing to apply and get the required permits can cause delays in the construction work.
- You will also have to get a plan for your house from a licensed Architect and get that plan approved by the local authority before starting to build your home. Without a sanctioned plan, you won’t be able to start any construction work.
- Make sure that you are hiring the crew and workers who are licensed to work that particular job and are insured so that your legal liability in case of an accident is minimized.
- Once your home is complete, then you have to remember that there are many types of taxes that you are legally required to pay. So understand those taxes through a legal practitioner so that you are able to handle the transactions on your own.
- If you need to carry out some renovations in your house or increase the house by a story or add a garage or an outhouse to existing home, new permits and zoning licenses are required and such additions also change your tax liability.
The above-mentioned aspects are very important because failing to pay attention to these factors can create a legal liability on your behalf. This means that you may have to pay fines and tear down the illegal construction in future. Laws are always meant for protecting your rights and interests and therefore, following those rules and laws are for your benefit. Zoning councils and local authorities may change the rules and regulations, therefore you need to keep yourself informed about all the changes because ignorance about the law or rules cannot be considered as an excuse to break them. So before you start planning to build your own home, get all the necessary legal information.