Frequently Asked Questions
Do you need permits/inspections to build?
Although it is generally advisable to have a professional look over any major building projects you undertake, most of the parcels we sell that are over 3 acres in size in the Missouri Ozarks fall outside of any city limits and as such building permits are not required (neither are inspections). With just a few trips to the lumberyard you and a friend can have a small cabin built in about a week (as long as you've swung a hammer before).
There are dozens of excellent books available with plans for building great looking cabins on your new land.
A simple book on plumbing and wiring can walk you through much (if not all) of the basics needed to wire and plumb a small or mid-sized cabin.
Should you install a septic system?
In general, if a property is over 3 acres in size and is outside of any city limits you are permitted to install your own septic if you choose to do so. If you hire someone to install a septic for you the cost is generally between $2,000-$3,000.
Many people find that a simple outhouse is a suitable choice for their vacation property or cabin. An outhouse can be built in an afternoon at a cost of less than $200.
Other choices for waste disposal include lagoons and chemical toilets (which can be purchased in the camping section of Wal-Mart for about $50).
Do you require electricity?
Most every parcel we sell either has electricity on it or within about a mile. Most people choose not to have a meter installed until they start building a home or cabin, although some folks find it convenient to have a meter installed to have a plug-in for an RV or a camper trailer. The local power company can give you more details on their policies.
Should you drill a well?
The Ozarks have long been known for good, clean water. Crop farming in the Ozarks is minimal so the area does not face the problem of run-off pesticides that much of the rest of the nation does.
If you plan on having a well drilled on your property a well driller in the area could give you a good estimate of the cost. We generally say that a drilled well costs from $3,000-$8,000 depending on how deep you would like to go (how much of a reserve you wish to have).
For a vacation residence or small home/cabin many people find that a cistern provides an inexpensive, reliable, maintenance free water source. A cistern is simply a tank made of concrete or plastic and can be buried in the ground or left above ground. A pipe is run into the house/cabin and when the cistern gets low the water truck comes out and fills it up. Cisterns are inexpensive to install (generally $1,000 or less) and are not necessarily dependent on electricity or moving parts, making them extremely reliable. Currently it costs $30-$40 to have a water truck fill a 1,500 gallon cistern.