First-Time Guide to Finding a Lot to Build on in Woodbury

Finding a lot to build a new home on gives home buyer’s flexibility on all fronts; from the location of the home to the custom finishings and layout inside. The first time going through a process like this can be intimidating, but we’re here to help!

Whether planning to buy a teardown or looking for a lot to build on, the process will differ vastly from the standard home buying process. There are factors to consider that might not have ever crossed your mind, such as zoning or plumbing restrictions. Center Island Contracting can help you find the perfect lot of land that meets your family’s building needs; below are some factors to consider before undergoing the process.

Zoning Ordinances

Local zoning ordinances might restrict you from building the type or size of home you want, so these zoning laws will impact the type of lot you buy to build on. Before you buy the land, check with county, town or state officials to see if the type of home you want to build would be approved.

Building Permits

Before homeowners can even begin a home project, permits must be obtained. We understand if just the thought of dealing with your local municipality makes your head spin, and our design-build firm is happy to do all the work for you. We will find out what type of permits you need to build.

Tree Removal

If trees need to be cleared out, get an estimate for tree removal to see if it will throw off the budget. On the other hand, if there are trees that you wish to keep on the lot, make a note of it before breaking ground.


Elevation factors into building a house on a vacant lot because your home’s foundation can be compromised if the land moves due to a landslide or other natural hazard. If the land is unstable, your foundation runs the risk of cracking.

Utility Hookup

Electric, gas and water are all important aspects of a home, so before purchasing a vacant lot or a lot with an older home you’re planning to knock down, check and see the availability of utility hookups. Hooking up these types of utilities can be pricey.

Center Island Contracting is your contractor of choice for new home construction on the north shore of Nassau county, Long Island. Our qualified professional new home construction management team is here to help you build the new home of your dreams. With the knowledge about local and New York State laws, our staff can answer all your questions and streamline the entire process. Email us or call (516) 481-4707.