Getting your land surveyed is one of the costs that you may want to consider. You will need to hire a professional land surveyor to chart out the boundaries of this property. Even if a survey's been done, it could be old and outdated. Getting a new survey will clearly define your property line, quite important when you delve into legal matters like easements. Surveys can serve purposes beyond plotting out property boundaries.
When you buy a vacant lot, it may not be set up for any utilities. You will need to consider the costs to set up the ability to have electricity or water for your home. This cost can be huge in comparison to what your monthly bill will be. In some cases, you may have to have a well drilled and septic system installed if these things aren't already in place. No matter what kind of property you are looking to buy, you need to ask exactly what utilities are already in place or not before you finalize your purchase.
The local zoning laws will determine what you can do with the land. Zoning laws regulate how a property can and can't be used, so you need to know whether or not you would be allowed to build your house or business before trying to start any construction. Zoning typically falls into two categories, residential and commercial.