If you have plans to build a pole barn on your property, there are some important steps you need to take to ensure the land is prepared. Any issues with the land could cause problems for construction of your barn. Here are some tips that will help you prepare your land for construction:

Make Sure There Is No Potential For Natural Hazards

One of the first things you want to do is make sure you don't locate your pole barn near an area that has potential to be affected by a natural disaster. For example, you may not want to place the building near a body of water. Not only are you risking the possibility of a flood, but there is also the risk that the land near the water is too saturated to support the construction of a barn. Also, it would not be ideal to build your barn near the bottom of a mountain or large hill that is predisposed to rock slides, even if it is constructed a great distance from the area. Rock slides or land slide can travel far distances, pulverizing anything in their path.  If you have no other choice but to build in these areas, however, it may be wise to consider purchasing additional insurance to cover any losses that could occur if a natural hazard should happen.

Make Sure The Land Is Healthy

Another thing you should do is make sure that the land you wish to place your barn on is solid and healthy. You don't want to build on soil that is full of rocks or clay without first placing a slab or other foundation. Also, you should check with your county or municipality to make sure there is nothing in or around the soil that could cause problems, such as naturally occurring asbestos or other fire hazards. In addition, if you notice anything odd about the appearance or scent of the dirt, you should not build until an inspection has been completed to ensure you are not building on any type of dangerous waste material.

Make Sure You Place The Structure On Flat Land

When you plan to build, you should try to find the flattest piece of land you can. While this may seem like an obvious point, it is important to remember that most pieces of land are not completely flat and will require some type of leveling. If you must build in an area with dips and slopes, you may have to invest a significant amount of money in order to flatten the area as much as possible. This may include having a bulldozer operator come to your property to level the land and placing a patch of clay dirt to build the foundation on.

It is very important to know all you can about the land on which you plan to build your pole barn. Not taking the proper steps before building can cause major problems down the road, even causing the structure to collapse. Do a lot of research with your county to ensure that the ground is safe to build on.

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