You have seen some properties have cell towers and perhaps you are wondering what makes such properties suitable for placement of cell towers. For a property to qualify for cell tower placement, it must be within the search ring. A search ring is a chosen area by the cell tower company that shows where they need to place the cell tower. Firstly, the land should be in a designated area commonly known as search ring and it should have a substantial number of people and the prevail policies and regulations of the local authority allow for construction of cell towers in the area. Suppose your property is within the search area, then there are further considerations that the cell tower company must look into before deciding to invest lots of money on the project. Your land should meet the following conditions.
Size of the land – A suitable land for cell tower construction should be vacant; meaning that there should not be any form of activity on it. Adequate space is critical for this undertaking because the need to add subtenants to site might arise in the future. At least your land should have 1000 square feet. In exceptional circumstances, the cell tower company might need only 500 square feet of land and this would mean that you have large area of land to use for other activities.
Construction expenses – Cell tower company will prefer to select a land that would be less expensive to construct on and thus, they will ignore that which seems to attract lots of costs. Usually the placement of a cell tower is an expensive undertaking and that is why the company is look for economical ways to install it. Construction expenses might be affected by accessibility of the land, property being situated in a flood area, dense tree coverage and other environmental factors.
Site accessibility – After the cell tower construction at a particular site, the cell tower company might want to do routine checks and maintenance of the tower. Nearness to public road is crucial as the company will not have to use other expensive alternatives to get to the site. In the circumstances when the site is not reachable by public road, then the company will have to construct a road to the property and that would significant increase their costs.
Topography – Many people think that having a property at the highest point of the region puts them in a good position for placement of cell towers. It would mean nothing to have land at the highest point yet it is not within the search ring. If the highest point does not meet the selection criterion then the cell tower company can pick a different point and adjust the height of the tower.