We may not all know our lot in life, but when we are about to build a custom home, we better make sure we know about our lot for that! Whether you are building in a neighborhood or have found land in the country, there are a few things that you and your builder need to discuss regarding the lot itself. If possible, it is better to have these discussions about the property before purchasing it in case your builder has concerns based on your vision. Let’s take a look at things you and your builder will need to consider regarding the lot.
1. Zoning –
- Ensure residential use is okay when purchasing property.
- Can I build a home the size I want? Some neighborhoods with lots an acre or larger have a minimum home size. Some neighborhoods with smaller homes have a maximum home size.
- Is there a required distance the home must be from the curb or property line?
- Is it in a flood plain? I have 6 acres and the back portion of our land is in a 100-year flood plain, but the front part is fine.
- HOA – Is there an HOA that has deed restrictions that won’t allow me to build a certain style, color, size home? Won’t allow certain landscaping, fencing, outdoor spaces, etc?
2. Utility Hookups-
- a. Especially when purchasing land in the country, this needs to be investigated and well thought through.
- i. – Water – Is there city water already at the property? Will you need to build a well?
- ii. – Electricity – Again, is it at the property or “nearby?” If it’s “nearby” does that mean 20 meters or 2 miles? The cost of running the lines will vary greatly depending on how far the run is.
- iii. – Cell service/internet -If you work from home or have kids in school using internet for projects, ensuring quality cell and internet service is important. Talk with any neighbors and see who they use for service and if they are happy with it.
3. Lot Preparation-
- Does the property need to be cleared of trees and underbrush?
- Is drainage an issue? If so will culverts need to be included?
- Does a construction drive need to be created to get to the home site?
- Where does the sun rise and set? This will have an effect on how warm/cool your home is especially if you live in a warmer climate. The afternoon Texas sun can be brutal . . . do you want it coming directly in your back door in August?
- Does dirt need to be brought in? A strong, level foundation is critical so depending on what kind of soil you have may depend on the amount and kind of dirt that needs to be brought in.
4. Vision – Proverbs 29:18 says “Where there is no vision, people perish.” What do you envision for your dream home? Are you able to achieve that with the land or lot you are investigating? Nobody wants their home vision to perish, so remember, getting with your home builder and allowing them to be a part of helping you find a lot or property, will enable you to fulfill the vision you have for your dream home