Location, Location, Location!
We all dream of buying the perfect plot of land and building the custom home of our dreams
right on top. Many believe that going this route is a guaranteed way of executing the build to
their personal liking. Although that is true, there are a few things that clients need to be sure of
before purchasing that lot they’ve been eyeing. The most important things to look out for all
revolve around location! Today we will be going over exactly what you need to look for and why
location is the key factor to consider.
Vet the Property!
If you have the perfect location in mind, it is critical for you to vet the property. Once you have
found a plot of land for sale, the first thing you should do is get in contact with the local zoning
authorities. Zoning is very important when considering a custom build and the authorities will
help you understand how that specific piece of land is able to be used. The first thing to ask the
zoning authorities, is if the land is single family residential. This is important because not every
lot can accommodate a custom home.
If you just heard the great news that the land is residential, zoning authorities will then inform
you on if there is a HomeOwners Association (HOA) assigned to that area. If there is, they will
have their own set of demands and regulations that will need to be assessed. Building code
setbacks can also come with a list of mandates. Getting in touch with your local building
department can resolve and explain any setbacks that may come forward such as lot coverage
and property lines.
The next thing to analyze is the site usage and readiness. By site usage we mean: how usable
is the land? If there are trees and it is surrounded by nature, a surveyor will be required to
inspect the land to determine the readiness for a build and what can/needs to be cleared. The
soil will also need to be tested. Soil for a custom build needs to be able to retain moisture while
also withstanding the weight of the structure. Bad soil can cause issues when the home is
settling so this is a step that cannot be skipped.
Beyond the more technical things, it is also important to select land that is most convenient for
you. Every homeowner requires certain needs and expectations to be met such as: privacy,
distance from work, the nearest grocery store and gas station, school zones, and more.
Whatever it may be, location is at the forefront of importance and everything we discussed
above needs to be up for consideration.
Our number one piece of advice is to go through this checklist before purchasing land to build a
home. At Bartley Builder Group, we want our clients to be able to execute the home of their
dreams as seamlessly as possible. We work with you to help guide you through all the steps
necessary to get your custom home approved and built! Reach out to us today if you, or
someone you know, are looking to build a custom home and have any questions on how to do