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Selecting a Location


Many questions arise during the process of building a home. How many bedrooms to put in? Carpet or hardwood floors? However, one of the most important decisions to make is the location in which your home will be built. Does the peaceful country life suit you or does the hustle and bustle of the city excite you. Perhaps a welcoming suburb to build a family is right up your alley.

Whether you choose country, city or suburbs, one thing to do is investigate the area in which you are looking to build. Explore the area and its surroundings. Drive through the neighborhood and take in what it has to offer, i.e. schools, businesses, transportation etc. In addition, unless you work at home, you should consider your commute as well. Take a test drive during your normal hours of commute to and from your job. Distance to stores, churches, and health care services should also be considered.

You should do some research on real estate taxes in the area and evaluate the outlook for growth. Will there be an industrial park built in the next five years? Will there be another phase in the development you intend to build?

Now that you have settled on a general area to build, your personal preferences will determine many factors when building a home. Is the lot narrow at the front? Which in turn may require the placement of the home farther back depending on the width of it. Although, if a backyard pool or other structure is in consideration, a wedge-shaped lot that is wider in back can provide additional space. Do not forget, you may also need to work around a well and septic system.

Additionally, a major factor to consider is topography. Is the lot sloping just enough for a walkout basement, a popular feature in today’s homes. Is the lot flat, which leaves foundation options limited? Do you get that wooded scenery from your back porch?

Remember that even the best site has its pros and cons so it might not hurt to involve your builder in this process so they can help you identify any potential hurdles. The right lot is often a compromise. Keep your options open, understand exactly what you are getting as you narrow down your selections, and settle on a lot that is best for you. 1



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