What are some of the hidden costs most property development beginners miss on their first development?

I'm looking to develop a vacant residential lot in Calgary Alberta with two prefabricated units. The long term plan is to live in one unit and use the other for cash flow in the long term.


There are lots of unexpected costs with land development and new construction. Examples include soft costs (arch, engineering, surveying, permit costs, etc) and hard costs (connecting utilities, clearing land, etc). Always have a reasonable buffer to take into account any unexpected
costs. Best of luck!

Answered 10 years ago

I developed a multi-family prefab and it worked out well, but I had to compromise on a few things.

Upon visiting the manufacturing facility I realized I could never have the large ceiling heights I wanted, b/c each level is shipped on an 18 Wheeler and because of the low bridge heights, my desired ceiling height was cut down by a foot.

Pre-fab base finishes are bare bones, you'll want upgrades, from laminate crapola to higher end finishes like granite or hard wood.

Wen your levels are connected with large lag bolts or equivalent, there's obviously plumbing and electrical connections to worry about and then of course the inevitable landscaping that has to take place after construction is complete and if you're talking about Canada, you could be living with a nasty muddy frozen lawn with tire tracks all winter (snowy trip hazard :))

In any event, once you have your title insurance and taxes figured out, as well as architect, permits and fees, you should be good to go!

Good luck and btw RECORD THE PROCESS! Keepsake for the kids, a nice record for yourself etc. Nice to have, wish I recorded everything...


Answered 10 years ago

Read Robert Ringer's book, "How Not To Be Intimidated"
He explains everything about mistakes in property management/real estate and how to avoid them.
Don't stop taking massive action.
Best of Luck,
Michael T. Irvin
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Answered 10 years ago

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