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How Do You Select a Lot?


Undoubtedly, the decision to build a brand-new home is an important one for any family. But, did you know choosing the lot where you’ll build is just as important? How do you choose the best lot for your new home? Take a look at several things to keep in mind as you evaluate lots.

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Your Budget

Your budget must take into account both the price of your new home and its lot. What size and type of lot suits your budget? It’s best to crunch the numbers before touring and evaluating lots to see what appeals to you.


Another consideration is the location of your lot. Not surprisingly, every lot location has its advantages and drawbacks. The lot you choose depends on your family’s personal preferences.

A Lot Near the Entrance to a Neighborhood

Do you want to build on a lot located at the entrance to your new neighborhood? If so, you’d be able to enter and exit your neighborhood in quick fashion. However, neighbors coming and going would need to pass by your house throughout the day and night. In short, you may have to deal with some traffic noise.

A Lot in the Middle of a Neighborhood

You may prefer a lot located in the middle of a neighborhood. This would mean you spend a few extra minutes driving in and out of the area. But, there would be fewer cars passing by throughout the day and night.

What Type of Lot Would You Like?

A Corner Lot

The type of lot you choose is another crucial consideration. Do you want a corner lot for your home? This type of lot provides you with two streets to use for parking. Plus, your home is more visible and easier to find. However, you’ll get a lot more traffic around your home and less privacy.

An Interior Lot

Maybe your family would prefer a lot with a home on both sides. When you live on an interior lot, only the front of your home is seen. This gives you more privacy whereas a house on a corner lot is on full display.

A Cul-de-Sac

If you choose to build your home on a cul-de-sac you know you’ll have homes on both sides of yours. Many people like living on a cul-de-sac because it’s safer for kids to ride bikes, walk and play. Plus, this type of street offers an extra bit of privacy.

How Do You Select a Lot? Patio ImageWhat Plans Do You Have for the Area Around Your Home?

When you envision your brand-new home, do you see a big garden in the backyard? Perhaps you see a large patio with a barbecue grill and plenty of room for friends and family to gather. If you plan to create a beautiful garden or host outdoor parties, go with a lot that provides you with the space you’re looking for.

If you don’t want a spacious yard for gardening, entertaining or any other activities, you may prefer a lot that can accommodate a big house with a smaller yard. That way, you could have a home with more rooms, a larger kitchen and more interior space for you to work with. It all depends on what you’re looking for in your new home!

Do You Prefer to Have Stores and Other Businesses Nearby?

Are you moving to a brand-new home because you want to be closer to stores, healthcare facilities, restaurants and other businesses? If so, choose a lot in your new neighborhood located close to all of the amenities you need to visit each week. Shortening your commute to the grocery store, dentist or your favorite takeout place gives you even more time to spend at home with family!

The Proximity of Schools

If you have a family with school-aged children, you may want to choose a lot near a bus stop or within walking distance of one or more schools. Even if you have a young child who is not yet in school, you may choose a lot near an elementary school to be ready for your child’s school years.

The Style of Your Home

The style of your home and the size of your lot must flow together. So, if you’re building a large home, you must choose a lot that will accommodate it. Your home builder can guide you in finding a lot in an appropriate size for your new home.

Finally, dedicating time and effort to choosing the right lot can make life in your brand-new home even sweeter!

Originally published June 5, 2019

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