Costs of Land Development

Costs of Land Development

All of these factors affect the cost estimate that a civil engineer would calculate, not including soil tests, water and sewer connections, utilities and septic system.

There are many components that may affect the total costs of your construction including:

  • Project Location
  • Earthwork Required
  • Inspections
  • Installations
  • Pavement Work
  • Permits Costs
  • Property Taxes
  • Removal of Defective Soil
  • Capital Facilities Fees
  • And More!


We make sure to take active and sustained action to manage construction costs even before your project is built. The first step that you should take to calculate construction costs is during the preacquisition process, where you need to ask yourself a few questions.

  1. Has the property I’m looking on buying been survey recently?
  2. Are there power lines crossing the property?
  3. What is the zoning of the property?
  4. Why do I have to buy this property?

After taking those considerations in mind, now you have to consider the location as a whole, for example, will it need any removal? extra structures? underground utilities? environmental assessments? and lastly will it need miscellaneous?


Don’t forget that before a construction estimate can be done, there has to be a land survey. A surveyor will indicate the exact boundaries of a piece of land/lot. Even though it is not mandatory, a percolation test might be required at times. This test determines the soil types and how it deals with water, which basically let us know if the land is suitable for construction.


The last step is this process is the construction stage. This includes the earthwork or vertical construction process which includes grading for roads, curbs and utilities. Our job as a land development company is to provide you with the earthwork for your your construction project. This may include grading, site drainage, cut and fill. We also do pavement work of either asphalt or concrete. Then comes the horizontal construction, which utilizes the design of the building by making sure that the structure is safe and aesthetically pleasing to the client.

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