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Constructing a Home? How to Choose the Perfect Lot

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 13 March 2018 22:02

A slightly blurry picture of a foundation is shown in the dirt

Building a new home is an exciting process that you’ll want to get started as soon as possible. Before you begin, though, it’s important to choose a lot that will your needs both now and in the future. Carefully choosing a lot now will ensure you don’t end up with the beautiful home of your dreams in the location of your nightmares. Here are a few criteria to consider while looking at lots.

At Its Worst

Before you purchase a lot, it’s important to see how the land on the lot responds to adverse weather conditions. Visit the lot during an especially heavy rain or other extreme weather event to see how the property handles it. To be sure, you can add drainage or other improvements later, but if there’s not at least a good start, you could end up with a lot of trouble. You don’t want your home’s foundation to be on land that is especially prone to flooding or erosion, as your entire investment could end up washed away. Make sure also to hire a reputable company like Robar Boring Contractors Pty Ltd to drill the foundation.

In the Zone

Another important consideration regarding your lot is if it’s properly zoned to be able to build a home. Find out how the lot you’re interested in is zoned, then find out how easy or difficult it would be to have the classification changed if it’s not what you need it to be. Changing zoning restrictions can become quite expensive so be sure it’s a piece of property you really want before you begin the process of changing it over.

Easy In, Easy Out

Assuming you don’t plan to go off-roading every time you leave your home, you’ll need to construct a driveway. Therefore, another important consideration for your future lot is how easy or hard it will be to get from your driveway to the connecting road. After all, you can change the location of your house that’s not yet built but you can’t really change the location of major roads. Remind yourself that you’ll likely be coming and going multiple times a day, so if it’s not really convenient, you may want to look elsewhere.

In the ’Hood

Another very important consideration when considering different lots is the neighborhoods those lots are located in. Unlike when you’re looking at houses that are already built, it can be easy to overlook the surrounding neighborhood when you’re fixated on a vacant piece of land and imagining the beautiful home that will soon occupy it. For better or worse, though, the people near this vacant piece of land will be your neighbors for many years to come, so it’s important to scope out the neighborhood to ensure it will be a good place to call home.

All Yours

There’s no better way to build the home of your dreams than by selecting the lot and having the home built yourself. This method allows you to check every single box on your wish list, ensuring you’ll be thrilled for years to come. So, when you’re choosing your lot, make it all about you and your unique likes and dislikes. Though the land you select may not be appealing to others, as long as it appeals to you, that is all that matters.

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