Find a Plot
Finding your plot of land is probably the most crucial step in building your dream home. There are lots of things you’ll need to consider before you start; Location, Size, and Cost being the main three.
As the plot of land you buy will determine majority of your design decisions – it’s always the best place to start.
Where to find land or plots for sale?
If you are looking for land or a “plot” for sale there are plenty of ways to find them.
So, to make things simple we have separated the best ways to find plots for sale below.
The easiest place to start your search will be online. Simple searches like “land for sale in (your area)” can bring up a ton of matches.
There are also lots of websites out there specifically for plots of land for sale. To help, here are some of the websites you can look at which showcase current plots/land for sale:
To view more information about available plots you will have to subscribe to the website (for free). However they let you see a “snippet” of information unsubscribed, like; location, the size of plot, a current photo, and usually if there is planning permission already in place.
Another options is using The Self Build Portal, “need a plot” section. On this particular website you can put up the details of land you require, and sellers with suitable land for sale can contact you directly! You can do this – here.
Local Estate Agents
Another great option for you is to check in with estate agents in your area. Most are well connected with builders and developers, so often have plots of land available. If they don’t, then you can give them your details and they will contact you when they find something suitable. One of the benefits of going with an estate agent is that they are constantly searching for new properties and plots – saving you valuable time.
Estate agents are both a positive and a negative, as yes, they do the ground work for you (pun intended) but you will have to pay a fee for using their services.
If you are not sure where to find an estate agent, then check out the National Association of Estate Agents. NAEA are they leading body for estate agents in the UK. Their website will be able to point you in the right direction.
Newspapers and Magazines
Yes it may be old fashioned, but newspapers and magazines still play a valuable part in the house market.
Your local newspaper will advertise plots of lands for sale in your surrounding areas. This may be a good place to start if you want to stay relatively close to your current home.
Magazines such as: Build It, Self Build and Design, Grand Designs, and Homebuilding and Renovating. All regularly (monthly or quarterly) advertise land for sale, plus contain lots of relevant helpful tips about Self Builds. However, the land they advertise wont be location specific, as it will cover land all over the UK.
Finding a Plot – Frequently Asked Questions
What if I can't find any land for sale that I want?
If you can’t find any land for sale from your initial research you have a few options:
- Seek the help of a professional – It’s probably time to employ a land or estate agent to help you with your search. They will be able to do a more thorough job and should find you some suitable options.
- Widen your search pentameters – Unfortunately if you have exhausted all routes it may be time to widen your pentameters. Try searching a bit further a field.
- Speak to land owners – If you have a specific bit of land you’ve seen that your interested in buying, try speaking to the land owners to see if they’d be willing to sell. You never know, you could find someone who hasn’t realised they were sitting on a potential source of income!
How much does a plot of land cost?
Depending on the size and location, plots can dramatically vary in cost – from £25,000 to £500,000+.
You can find cheap land however this usually won’t have planning. And land with secured planning permission is always going to be more expensive.
What is the easiest way to find land for sale?
The easiest place to start is on the internet.
There are so many resources out there that make finding a plot of land easier!
Simple searches like “Plot for sale in (your area)” can bring up a ton of available options.
What is the best website for finding land for sale?
The most popular website out there is probably – BuildStore. It breaks up available land into each county, and its free to join!
For Scotland another good website is Scotland’s Self and Custom Build Portal.
More generic “house selling” websites such as; Rightmove, Zoopla, and PrimeLocation give you an option to filter it down to show you plots of sale. These are also worth a check to see whats available.
What is the cheapest way to find land for sale?
Unfortunately there isn’t really a cheapest way to find land.
Things like land auctions are a good way of securing land fast at a reduced rate. But most are sold without planning permission, so could turn out to be a risky investment.
Should I buy land without planning permission in place?
Of course you can buy land without planning permission however we don’t recommend this. Did you know you can put in a planning application on land you don’t own?!
You could also speak to the seller and put an offer in conditional to planning being approved. That way if its rejected you don’t have to keep reworking your design to fit in with the land.
Do I have to buy land that is empty?
No you don’t! You could potentially buy a plot that already has an existing building on it. However this means adding demolition costs to your budget… And they aren’t cheap.
Some people like to keep parts of the old building merged with the new to they keep the historical value. This will mean reviewing architectural drawings to incorporate this. Which again, would be another additional cost.
Why Choose a Timber Kit?
When it comes to building your own home you want to make sure that it’s done the right way.
Trying to figure out whether or not a Timber Kit is the right fit for you can be difficult. And we get it.
At The Kit Company we want to help make the answer easier for you.
That’s why we have created 11 Reasons why you Should go with a Timber Kit for your Build and 5 Reasons why you Shouldn’t go with a Timber Kit for your Build.
It’s not about boasting about how amazing timber kits are, but to help you on your journey. We want to be open and honest with you and share some of the reasons why our product could be right, or wrong, for you.
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