Choosing Land for Your Family Home

Choosing a property for the construction of your home is an exciting process. Whether you’re hoping to build on the water’s edge, out in the country, or on the ideal suburban lot, this is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. With the enjoyment of your dream home at stake, you’ll want to carefully examine the features and boundaries of your lot, through a survey by a registered land surveyor and with your own eyes.

So what do you look for and consider? Read on for a few tips on choosing the best land for your family home.

Setting Priorities

First of all, you have to figure out what you want in a property. The easiest way to do this is to start with a general area of where you want to live and begin your search.

Next, determine what setting you want to live in both according to your lifestyle dreams and the practicality. It’s all fine and good to fantasize about living on a rural farm but will the two hour daily commute to work seem so dreamy? To meet your aspirations while committing to common sense, see if you can find a middle ground.

Ask yourself all the questions you’d go over when looking at any move: how close do you want to be to your kids’ school and the grocery store. If rural absolutely isn’t for you, do you want to live in the suburbs or right downtown? Do you prefer being able to walk into the city centre or would you rather trade that in for the sound of crickets at night and being able to let your dog take himself for a walk?

Starting the Search

Now that you know what you’re looking for, start seeing what’s available. Are there developments currently in process that you can take a look at? Or, at this point, you might also want to reach out to a realtor who has access to property listings whether they are independent lots or housing developments. Let them know what you’re looking for so they can send you options.

You’ll also want to gather up your family and get in the car. Drive the area, keeping your eyes open for ‘for sale’ signs so you can spot any private sales and so that you can get a feel for the area.


Examining the Land

Once you have a property in mind, examine it closely. Look for lowland and damp areas and challenging slopes that will make building different. Be sure you know which direction the land faces and what would be involved in accessing services like water and sewer. Before you move into making an offer or a final purchase, be sure to have the lot surveyed so you can be assured of its precise dimensions and what exactly you would be purchasing.

Buying land is both exciting and stressful. But when you know what you’re looking for and find professional help, the process will go that much more smoothly.

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