Before making a land investment, you must first see the possible uses for it. By being able to assess the different options on how to use it, you will be able to plan ahead on reaching the full potential of your investment. With land, there are many beneficial factors but there are also possible risks that have to be taken into account as well.
The size of the land you are making an alternative investment in can be a huge factor. If it is big enough to hold an industrial site you may be able to sell or rent it to a company. However, if you plan on keeping the land for a long period of time, you must consider if it will be put to use in a different fashion in the future. If it’s going to be an area susceptible to contaminants, you may have to clean it up before you use the land for something else.
If you’re investment into land is going to be used as a housing project, prior use and possible contaminants will have to be considered again. Another problem that has happened to people that have invested in land for housing is that they’ve built on top of old mines or other in-ground features. Initially, the buildings would hold up but over time some have sunk into the ground causing structure damage and even injury or death. On top of the tragedy of someone getting seriously hurt, this can also lead to lawsuits to the landowners. Situations like this can be avoided by doing detailed research into your alternative investment before you make it.