Put Plenty of Thought Into Your Lot

December 16, 2016

One of the advantages of building a custom home is that you have a say in every aspect of construction and will be able to create the home you’ve always dreamed of. You don’t have to worry about the often-exhausting process of viewing existing homes until you find one you like. In many cases, house hunters will tour a dozen homes or more before making a purchase. Even if they find “the one” sooner, it’s likely they still must sacrifice a few things on their wish list.

Custom home construction puts you in control. However, that doesn’t mean you will avoid all legwork. It’s not as simple as purchasing a lot in your desired location, relaying your home ideas to your homebuilder, and waiting until you can move in. Every lot is different — even lots located in the same community. It’s important to do some research to ensure the home you want is feasible on a particular lot. If you don’t put plenty of thought into your lot, you could run into issues down the road.

Considerations for Less-Developed Areas

Some people dream of the perfect house on the hill, the scenic view of the creek in the backyard, or the spacious property outside the city. If you’re one of these people, just remember that looks can be deceiving. What may appear to be a desirable lot because of the scenery could become a budget-buster if it requires more work than normal to make the land suitable for building. You’ll also need to find out what it would take to get utilities like water, electricity, and septic. It could potentially be more difficult to put everything in place, which will cost more money and take more time.

Considerations for Established Communities

It’s typically an easier process to build on a lot in an established community. However, you still need to be diligent when choosing a lot. Accessing utilities will be much simpler, but depending on your plans for your custom home, one lot in the area may be more suitable than another because of things like the amount of excavation work needed. It’s also important to consider any covenant restrictions, HOA rules, or other limitations that could impact your build.

Look, Then Look Some More

Every situation is different, and there’s no rule that states how many times you should view a lot before buying. There are many considerations, so it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to cover all bases and answer all questions in one setting. Three is a good number for visits. For instance, one could be to check out the location and get a feel for the surrounding area. Another could be a more strategic visit to do some planning and perform a closer inspection to identify any potential issues. The final visit could be to verify you have considered everything and are ready to buy. Another reason it’s a good idea to visit a lot multiple times is to see it in different conditions like daytime vs. nighttime and sunny vs. rainy.

It’s recommended that you consult with a homebuilder when buying a lot. They will be able to use their experience to identify any potential issues and give you an idea of how feasible it will be to build your home on that site. Some homebuilders even sell lots, and they can help you find the ideal location for your situation.

 Contact P.D.H. Builders for More Insight

Are you looking to find a lot and build a custom home in Chicagoland? Phil Hartz at P.D.H. Builders has been in the custom homebuilding industry for more than 30 years and can build the home you’ve always wanted in a great location. P.D.H. Builders works in Lemont, New Lenox, Mokena, Frankfort, Orland Park, and Homer Glen and has lots for sale in the Stonebridge Woods community in Homer Glen. For more information, call 708-949-8244 or email pdhartz@gmail.com. You can also view the model home at 13935 S. Stonebridge Drive, Homer Glen.