You’ve decided you want to build a house! But now what? You’ll need to decide on a builder, a floor plan, a location, and much more. Deciding on the right location to build is one of the most important steps. How do you know what the best location is for your house? There’s a reason the cliche, “Location, Location, Location” is so often used. Everything comes down to the location and how it works for your needs. Let’s go over some key points to consider when looking for a building location.
Size of Land
First, you need to consider the size of the land plot you are looking for. What size of home are you hoping to build? The location you choose will need to be able to fit that. Think of other amenities and accessories you will want with your home. Items such as yard space, a garden, a garage, a patio or deck, a pool, a parking lot, extra parking areas, a fire pit, and other outdoor features need space. By considering all your wants and needs when building, you’ll be able to determine the proper lot size to consider.
Next, you need to think about the physical location of the land. Do you want a bustling downtown experience or a quiet home out in the country? How much noise are you comfortable with? Consider how long your commute to work will be. If you have children or are considering them in the future, think about the nearby schools. Look at the proximity of your family and friends, and think if it is important to you to be close to these people. By thinking of these factors, you’ll be better able to narrow down a specific area.
Nearby Amenities and Services
It is also important to consider nearby amenities and services. Are there restaurants, parks, grocery stores, hospitals, gas stations, and other services nearby? Consider the traffic flow to the area. It’s easier to go against traffic than to always be stuck in traffic jams. Look at the neighborhoods. Is it a retirement community or full of young families? It’s important to be in a community you will enjoy. Also, consider future developments. Would you mind if stores popped up around your new house, or do you prefer to stay out of town? It’s important to think about the future and where the surrounding area is heading.
Finally, consider the physical landscape of the plot. Is the area susceptible to severe weather conditions? Things such as fires, flooding, high winds, and other damaging events can cost you money in the future. Look at the type of soil and land stability. Certain types of soil movement can make foundations difficult to build and expensive. Is there pest or vermin problems in the area? Also, look at the lot. If there are hills, large boulders, water, or other natural features on the land, they will affect the placement of your future house and how you can utilize the land. By considering the physical landscape of the land plot, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices even more.
By taking all these details into consideration, deciding on a plot of land will be a much easier decision. Building a house can be a stressful choice, but it doesn’t have to be. Reach out to family, friends, and industry experts for advice and guidance. Here at Interstate Homes, we are always happy to talk about ideas, answer questions, and give our professional advice. Contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.