Choosing a Property for Your Custom Home

by c21commonweath_ldowling 21. January 2020 12:51

Are you planning to build a custom home? Choosing the land you’ll build it on is one of the most important decisions you'll make. Make the right choice and you’ll be on your way to owning the house of your dreams. Make the wrong choice and that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare.

There are many constraints to be aware of. Every area has its own building, environmental, and zoning restrictions that will limit your choices somewhat, but your options may still be overwhelming. Fortunately, you can make the process a little easier.

Pick your Priorities

Choosing the property will always involve a compromise. Most of the time, there isn't one available that will meet all of your desires within your budget. The best way to tackle this problem is to make a list of priorities. Here are four attributes you’ll want to consider:

1) Think Regionally

The first consideration should be geographical. Where do you work? Where do your friends and family live? What activities do you enjoy? Do you want to live in a particular county, town, or neighborhood? Once you narrow your search down to an area on the map, you’ll be ready to consider your other priorities.

2) City or Country?

Do you like being closer to nature, or would you rather be close to the action in town? Properties in urban areas are generally more expensive, but the choice between city and country can have an enormous impact on many other decisions that affect cost, including architectural style and square footage.

3) How Close Is Close Enough?

How close do you want to live to work, public transit, the grocery store, and all the other places you go regularly? Do you want to walk and bike to them, or are you okay with taking your car everywhere?

4) Size Matters

What size property are you looking for? This depends on your plans. Do you want to have a shop? How about a garden? You’ll need room for them. Whatever it is you like to do, make sure your new property can accommodate you.

If you want to build a custom home just the way you want it, you will face hundreds of decisions large and small. Choosing a building site is only the first step in the process, but it could be the most important.