Choosing a Lot for Your New Home: Dos and Don’ts
Have you decided to build a new home for your family? This is an exciting time in your lives and often comes with a new chapter that involves an additional family member or a job promotion. Many families get so excited to choose their new home’s style and floor plan that they neglect to put much thought into the lot where their home will be built.
The truth is, where you build your new home is just as important as what floor plan you choose. In fact, it can often be a larger factor in determining how happy your family will be with your new house. Here are a few dos and don’ts to take into consideration when you choose a lot on which to build.
Do Consider the Pluses and Minuses of New Neighborhoods
Many available lots are in new subdivisions that feature street after street of newly constructed homes. However, there are often other lots available in more established areas that have opened up due to new development.
New neighborhoods are appealing because they indicate a fresh start. Schools may be new, all of the neighbors will be new, and amenities that crop up nearby will be on the cutting edge. However, this can also come with drawbacks. Growing pains from all of this ‘newness’ are inevitable and you may experience issues with utilities, transportation, and infrastructure.
Do Think About the Future
Where do your kids currently go to school and how long will it be before this changes? Will you need to be close to an aging parent who lives across town in the next few years? Are their career changes on the horizon for you or your spouse? Though you can’t predict the future, you can plan for possibilities. Make sure the lot you choose is not only in a convenient location for the lives you live today, but that it also makes sense for your ‘future family.’
Do Consider Cul-de-sacs vs. Subdivision Entrance
Once you’ve settled on the subdivision or neighborhood where you want to build, it’s time to choose the actual lot. If there are both cul-de-sac and lots available near the subdivision entrance, consider the pluses and minuses of both.
A cul-de-sac may seem preferable at first glance due to less traffic, more privacy, and reduced noise. However, a lot near the entrance will provide quicker access in and out of the neighborhood—a plus if you are constantly running to the store or ferrying kids to activities. Cul-de-sacs may provide a safer area for children to play, but they can also present a problem for snow removal or have narrow front lawns due to their wedge-shaped design.
Don’t Assume Corner Lots are Always Better
Many home owners ready to build will gravitate toward corner lots. However, don’t make the mistake of assuming these are always preferable to traditional lots. While corner lots allow for a side-load garage and fewer next-door neighbors, they also require more snow removal and have higher visibility—which means you will have to focus more on landscaping and curb appeal.
Don’t Forget About the Sun
If you are looking at the lot on a cloudy day or just can’t picture how your new home will be situated on the lot, it can be easy to disregard the role the sun will play when you move in. Putting a home with a deck or patio that gets western or southern exposure could mean it’s always too hot to enjoy. Have multiple windows at the rear of your floor plan? Southern exposure means you benefit from the sun’s rays nearly all day. Talk with your builder or realtor about how the home will sit on the lot and how this translates to comfort.
Don’t Ignore Undeveloped Land
Is there a large portion of undeveloped land near the lot you want? Don’t make the mistake of ignoring it or simply assuming it will be more housing. Have your realtor contact local government zoning and planning departments for information on what the land is intended for. Though you may not care if your new neighbors will be a strip mall or rec center, it’s always better to know before you make plans to move in.
Are your ready to choose a new lot and floor plan for your dream home? Contact Conceptual Custom Homes today and we would be happy to help!