Keys to Selecting a Good Location for Your Custom Home

November 18, 2016

In our last post, we provided some tips for finding custom homebuilders in your area. Before you proceed on your homebuilding journey, you’ve got to do your homework and narrow your list of possible builders. However, don’t feel like you need to make a final decision. In fact, you may need to find out whether or not they will even be able to work for you based on the second step in the homebuilding process, which is selecting a good location for your custom home.

Why Location is So Important

The two big factors homeowners must consider are the home itself and its location. An experienced, quality builder will be able to provide you with your dream home regardless of where it is. However, it’s up to you to decide what makes a location desirable. At the end of the day, you want to be happy not only with the home but also the area in which it is located. Here are some things to think about when selecting a good location for your custom home:


Do you like to be close to the action, or do you prefer peace and quiet? The neighborhood in which you choose to build your new home should reflect your lifestyle. If you enjoy the buzz and excitement of the city, you should look for a lot close to downtown or a similar district that fits your personality. On the other hand, if you prefer a quiet neighborhood you’re probably better served to seek a place in the suburbs. You’re also more likely to be able to find a larger lot with this option if you’d like a little more land.

It’s a good idea to visit potential locations a few times before committing to a purchase so that you can get a feel for them. Check out the scenery and monitor the amount of traffic; you could also speak to a resident or two to see what they have to say about the neighborhood. You’ll want to ensure you are happy with where you are living, both inside and out.

School District

When searching for a good location for your custom home, another key consideration is the school district. This is especially true if you have school-age children or may in the future. Having access to the best possible schools is very important to parents, so be sure to investigate the quality of school(s) in the area in which you are considering home construction. This step has increased importance if private schools aren’t an option.


Consider the commute required for you and your family. How long will it take to get to work, school, stores, restaurants, and the homes of family and friends? Decide how much travel time is acceptable to get to and from the places you frequent the most. This will vary from family to family. For some, a long commute isn’t a big deal. But for others, it can be a deal-breaker.

Community Amenities

Some communities offer amenities for residents. They can include: a gated entrance, park, swimming pool, clubhouse, gym, tennis courts, pond, walking/biking paths, and much more. These amenities add to residents’ standard of living and can be must-haves to certain homeowners. If there are any amenities that are essential for you, research communities online or ask a homebuilder to learn more.

Do a Cost-Benefit Analysis

All the previously listed factors will have an impact on the lot price and property taxes, as well as the resale value of your custom home once it’s completed. It’s helpful to do a cost-benefit analysis to decide which location makes the most financial sense for you.

P.D.H. Builders Can Be Your Chicagoland Homebuilder

P.D.H. Builders is a proven, trusted homebuilding company that operates in Chicagoland. P.D.H. Builders does custom homes in Lemont, New Lenox, Mokena, Frankfort, Orland Park, and Homer Glen. Homebuilder Phil Hartz can construct the home of your dreams and even offers plots of land for purchase. Check out the Stonebridge Woods community in Homer Glen, and visit P.D.H.’s model home at 13935 S. Stonebridge Drive. Contact Phil at 708-949-8244 or