When you decide to build a home instead of buying a preexisting house, a lot of choices will go into choosing the perfect lot for the family that will be the new owners. Searching online can help to weed out certain parameters of home sites versus visiting many sites in person and becoming discouraged.
What to look for
The slope of the land is important because if your lot is on a hill, the eventual home could need a lot of stairs, though this might not occur to you at first. Also, the slope could require retaining walls; depending on the size of the lot, the backyard space could be compromised.
You should also consider the site’s location in the community when you view a property either online or in person. Access to the home site can be a factor to consider when deciding to buy. What kind of roads will it take to get to your new home from work and school, or just going out?
View orientation should be important, depending on the area where the home sites are located. Also, future development plans should be investigated, if possible, so your view is not spoiled by other new homes as they get built around your property. Your site’s relation to other home sites may be a deal breaker if the amount of privacy you expect to enjoy in your new home would be compromised.
The type of utilities you will use can factor into the overall cost of the home. If you decide to build an energy-efficient home, that may be more costly up front, but can help with long-range expenses.
How to decide
Making a list of the most important aspects of your desired home before building will help to determine the most important details when looking for a home, and the lot that it will stand on.
If the view is more important than the potential complications of lot elevation, then you’ll know whether you’re willing to live with the results.
If energy efficiency is more important, and sun roofs are going to be installed on the new home, than a lot with many large trees and vegetation may not be suitable to your needs.
Choosing the right lot for the right price in the right community could be as stressful as buying a preexisting home, but deciding on the most important factors you expect in a lot could help in the decision process and the expectations of the new home once it’s under construction.