We've listed the best ways to find plots of land for sale, from land listing websites to tapping into local knowledge.

tik pocket self build house house on an urban city street. Photo by Edmund Sumner

Image: Edmund Sumner

Are you on the look out for a plot of land for sale to build your dream grand design? We round up the best resources to help with your search.

Handy websites

Websites such as Buildstore feature thousands of land listings. What’s more, you can refine your search on property hunting portals – try Zoopla and Rightmove – to look for plots or potential knock-down-and-rebuild properties.

Estate and land agents

Sign up to the estate agents in the area where you want to build, as they’ll be the first ones to know about any sites for sale.

Local experts

Speak to local architects and surveyors, as they’re likely to find out about new plots early. They may know of a site that’s not right for them, but perfect for you.

Auctions

Sites suitable for single houses are often sold at auction, either as renovation projects, or demolition and rebuilds.

Send letters

Write an enquiry letter including your contact details and post through the letterboxes of all the houses in or close to your ideal area.

Someone might be keen to sell their property, sell off some nof their garden or know of someone else looking to sell.

Google Earth

It’s a useful way to search out nooks and crannies ripe for development.

First hand research 

Walk, cycle or drive around your chosen area, meticulously scouring the streets for potential sites.

Direct approach

Contact the local planning department to see if a planning application has already been submitted or contact the owners through the Land Registry.

 

Have you any other advice for searching for land for sale? For more advice on starting your own self build, pick up our latest bookazine, Self Build and Renovating, out now.

 

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