This article is intended for those of you that are in the process of building your dream home. Chances are, you’ve been saving money for years in order to afford this project, and now it’s almost time to get started. But, since you are reading this article, I can only presume that you are the intelligent kind of buyer…and by that, I mean the kind of buyer that looks before they leap.
Well, good for you. A well-researched decision tends to be a better decision. Allow me to contribute to your research by talking about two areas you may not have considered: Land selection and location.
In a home, as in business, it’s all about location. Some of this is obvious, like the fact that you don’t want to build a nice new custom-built home in an area that is controlled by criminal gangs. Doing this would be the equivalent of painting a big red target on your front door. This is a great place to start checking the crime rate in your desired area.
Before you begin making specific plans for the house itself, you should pick a location first. Start by looking at the neighborhood. Driving and walking around the area is a good idea, and if you get the opportunity to speak with some of the locals, you should most certainly do so. Ask them a lot of questions about the community, the people in it, local events, etc. Many times, it is easy to get someone talking. Older people are actually the best ones to talk to because they are generally more eager to be listened to. The more information you can find, the better. Remember that there is no such thing as useless information.
Check the crime rates of the area, as well as the population figures. Nearly every city and county have a website where you can check those numbers. Depending on your needs, you might also look at things like schools, shopping, weather patterns, and economic growth rates.
So now, you will need to select a lot. Begin by figuring out approximately how big of a lot you need. The size of your house plus the desired sizes of both front and back yards equals the approximate amount of space you need. Click here for more land selection tips.
Cul-de-sac lots are nice in some ways because of the feeling of community that tends to develop in these little miniature neighborhoods, but lot size in a cul-de-sac tends to be relatively small. Corner lots are great for those who want a little more space, but you will have more sidewalk space to shovel in the winter, and a higher degree of visibility. Lots located near T-shaped intersections tend to be cheaper because of the increased vehicle traffic and the disturbances that come from it.
If you are a gardener, you want to take the rising and setting of the sun into account. Make sure your home design provides a garden space that is able to receive direct sunlight for the majority of the day. If you have children, you will want a lot that gives them ample space to play and run.
One final tip I would like to give you is to remember the importance of zoning laws. Every place has slightly different laws about what can and cannot be built, where exactly it can be built, etc. Not taking these factors into account could throw a wrench in your whole plan.