How To Prepare Your Land For A New Home Build


So, you’ve decided to build your own home. Great news! This will undoubtedly be one of the biggest investments you’ll make in your life.

Be that as it may, if you want your home to stand the test of time and withstand the elements, you’ll have to plan well. The first and probably the most important thing to include in your plan is land preparation.

Preparing your land for a new build is crucial in ensuring that nothing goes wrong. It will also help ensure that the finished project looks its best and will best serve its intended purpose.

If you’ve got your heart set on building a home that you and your family will enjoy for a long time, then read on! In this article, you’ll find out the steps in preparing your land to build a new home that you and your family are going to be happy with.

But first, what is land preparation?

What is land preparation?

Land preparation is the process of preparing your land for building a new home. This includes clearing all existing buildings, removing topsoil, compacting the soil, removing drainage ditches, and removing existing walls and fences.

When you build a new home, you’ll also have to clear trees and shrubs, as well as prepare the walkways and driveways. These steps ensure that your new home doesn’t sit on top of an unstable foundation. Also, choosing the right type of soil and adding in a foundation will ensure that your home is built on a stable, level surface.

Step 1: Survey the land

Before you start clearing the land, it’s important to survey it first. You’ll use the survey to determine the size of the cleared area and the base of your new home.

This will help you calculate the size of your new home, as well as the amount of materials you’ll need for the build. You’ll also find out the shape and size of your lot, which will allow you to choose the right style home for your family.

You can survey your property using a laser level, or you can use a surveyor’s transit to plan your property. Both of these will help you get an accurate plan of your land.

Step 2: Check for permits with the local governing body

Before starting to clear the land, you’ll want to make sure that you follow all local, state, and federal laws.

Contact the governing body of your area and find out if you need any permits before you start clearing. This will ensure that you don’t break any laws, and you won’t have to pay any fines or penalties.

You’ll also want to make sure that you follow any local building codes. You may also need a building permit. The local governing body will help you find out if you need to get a building permit.

Step 3: Remove existing structures and topsoil

Now that you’ve surveyed your land, you can start removing the existing structures and topsoil. 

If there’s a house on the land, you’ll also have to demolish the house. You can either demolish the house yourself or hire a contractor to do it for you.

When you demolish the house, you’ll also have to remove the foundation. While you can’t reuse the foundation, you can use the cleared land as a new foundation location. 

Step 4: Add a base for the new foundation

Once the existing structures, fencing, and walls are gone, you should start digging out the old base.

You can use the excavated soil to build a new base for your new home. This area should be flat so that the new foundation can sit on it without sinking.

Make sure that the soil you add to the new base is the highest-quality soil that you can find. This soil type should be able to support the weight of your new home without sinking. You can also add sand and other additives to the soil to help it dissipate the load from your home.

Step 5: Add gravel for landscaping

Now that your land has been cleared and has its base, you can start adding gravel for landscaping. The gravel should be at least 2 inches in size and should be placed at least 6 inches below the surface of your land.

You can use the gravel for landscaping, or you can use it to make a pond on your land. You can also add sand to the gravel to help it absorb water.


Land preparation is an extremely important part of building a new home. It allows you to sit back and relax while knowing that your land is completely stable and that your new home will be built on a sound foundation. It will also help ensure that the finished project looks its best and will best serve its intended purpose.

While knowing all of the steps above is good, it’s always better to hire a professional to help prepare your land for a new home build. A professional can make the process go faster and more smoothly.

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Leave it to the pros

We are a team of land preparation experts with over 20 years of working experience. We possess not only the expertise, but the resources and machinery that can take your project to the next level.

So, if you’re looking for land preparation with a unique touch, M. Riddle Excavating is the way to go.

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