Where Should You Build Your New Home?


There’s nothing like deciding to build your dream home from the ground up. Everything from picking out the lighting to the perfect wall color is an adventure. Building your home from the ground up puts you in the drivers seat and you alone are responsible from choosing everything from the view out of the dining room to the piece of land the home sits on. But before you can jump to the fun of wall colors and cabinet finishes, you need to decide and purchase the land for your dream home. Picking the right parcel of land can make or break your future home, so here are a few tips to keep in mind while searching for that perfect piece of land.

  • Zoning Laws

Zoning laws are critical to take into consideration before you seriously consider any lot. Go to your local zoning office or city hall and find out exactly what the zoning and land regulations are for the parcel yourself. If you skip this step, you could end up with a piece of land that is zoned for your type of construction. Paying a visit to your local zoning office will also help you discover more minor issues, such as easements on the parcel. While you are there, find out what the setbacks for the property are. The setbacks will tell you exactly how close to the border of the property you are allowed to build, which could impact your building plans and make the lot more or less desirable.

  • Location

Where the parcel is located is very important. Even if you plan to build the nicest house in town, if your house is next to a manure plant you wont be seeing a return on your investment. Take other things like walkability, school districts, access to grocery stores, shopping and medical facilities into consideration as well- these are all things that will help with the future resale value of your home. Also, take note of exterior factors such as chemical plants, railroad tracks or jail located near your home- these will all have a negative impact on your home value as well.

  • Pick a lot

Once you’ve found the subdivision or the area which you want to purchase a parcel, choosing a lot can be tough. Each lot will have its pros and cons, so before you go into the elimination process, really sit down and decide what is at the top of your priority list. For example, lots closer to the entrance will obviously have easier and quicker access, but that also comes with more traffic and visibility. Better Homes and Gardens points out that corner lots have traffic on two sides, which can be a negative feature to many. Take the sun into consideration as well, as each lot will feature a different exposure point to the sun. If you’ve always dreamt of watching the sunset from your back porch, take that into consideration when picking a lot.

Sarah & Tim

Florida Life Real Estate Group