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Thinking of Building a Custom Home? 3 Steps to Find the Right Land First

Building the custom home of your dreams starts with finding the right piece of land to put it on. However, with a variety of choices available, how can you know you’ve chosen the right lot? This guide lists three steps you can use to make sure you’ve chosen the right lot.

1. Identify Your Needs

If you end up disliking the location of your new house, then getting a good price on vacant land isn’t going matter to you as much. Start by understanding what you need from your home’s location. You should consider a few things as you make your decision.

Urban or Rural Location

Are you an urban dweller or looking for the quiet of country life? If you’re changing your way of living entirely, you may want to do a test run by renting a home in a new area that fits your change in life just to make sure it’s really for you.

Your lifestyle and hobbies may influence where you want to live. For example, if you love the outdoors, you may want access to bike paths, parks, hiking trails, or skiing, which might be more accessible in a rural location. In contrast, if your family are theater goers who like to pop off for dinner and live show, then a city may suit your needs better.

You also need to consider the amount of land you want. Do you want a small lot with little to care for? Or, do you need to ensure access for mobility-limited family?

In addition, remember that there are degrees of urban and rural as well. You may be able to find a lot that’s close to a city but still has rural aspects.

Distance From Your Work, School, and Community

Another consideration you may have to think about is the distance between you dream home and other things in your community. For example, you may want to keep your job, your children’s school, certain medical providers or specialists, all of which will influence your home’s location.

You should ask yourself how far you want to be from schools, employers, churches, family members and friends, or volunteer commitments. Are you alright with a long commute to work or would you rather be closer?

Write down a list of priorities so that everyone is on the same page as you begin your search. You can also show it to builders and realtors in the next phase to help them understand how best to help you.

2. Find Land Available

Armed with your needs and wants, it’s time to begin looking at land. You may find it beneficial to talk to local builders in your desired area, as they may have land that fits your priority list or know where you should look. Realtors and internet searches can also help you find vacant lots for sale.

As you identify potential lot sites, drive the area around it. Check items off your priority list. Keep in mind that many things about the house and land can be altered to suit your desires — but the location and neighborhood can’t be changed.

3. Vet the Land Properly

Before putting down your money, have your chosen land inspected by a professional. If you know what builder you will use, then have them assess the land as well. You’ll need to determine if the local planning office will allow you to build as planned, if you need easements, what utilities are available and how much it will cost to add any, how the land will fit your needs, and what obstacles might raise the price of construction.

For help finding the right lot for your new custom home, stop by any of the convenient locations of David James Custom Homes today. We can help you with all stages of planning and building throughout the Virginias. Give us a call today to learn more.

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