What to Consider Before Building a Home

We’re experts when it comes to building homes, and we’re happy to help potential owners build their dream homes. With that being said, here’s what to consider before building a home that’s perfect for you. 

There’s a reason why the first three rules of real estate are “Location, location, location,” especially when it comes to life on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast.

Finding the perfect location is one of the most important aspects of home shopping, and it’s essential to weigh all the pros and cons of building in any area, from the city to the suburbs.

When making your list of location requirements and preferences, remember to think outside of the basics, like lot size and features. Consider practical applications, like commute time to work, school, and amenities like grocery stores.

For outside opinions, it’s also helpful to consult with your builder, local government, and friends and family, as well as folks who live in the neighborhood.

Consider the Following Guidelines

As you start scouting, consider the following guidelines of items you’ll need to consider when choosing the perfect location for your perfect home.

  • Amenities: Consider the availability of amenities, such as grocery stores, shops, and services nearby.
  • Police and fire protection: Consider the availability of local police and fire protection.
  • Medical facilities: Consider the location of local hospitals and medical facilities
  • Schools and day-care: Evaluate the location and convenience of local schools and day-care centers.
  • Traffic: Look at the neighborhood speed limits, the volume of traffic, and consider if it will be safe for your family if you have children.
  • Parking: Assess the local parking facilities and if they will be adequate.
  • Transportation: If public transportation is important to you, find out what transportation is available, as well as the convenience and frequency of the local transportation system.
  • Trash and garbage collection: Consider the cost and adequacy of trash and garbage collection.
  • Recreation: Look at the neighborhood’s parks, recreation facilities, trails, and other recreation amenities that interest you.
  • Places of worship: Consider if local places of worship are available and convenient.
  • Privacy: Assess the privacy of both the home and your lot.
  • Water: Determine the source of the community’s drinking water, and if it is reliable and will be able to meet present and future needs.
  • Sanitation facilities: Consider whether the lot users a septic tank or sewer system and is the system is reliable and meets the community’s needs.
  • Landscaping: Determine if proper landscaping has been done to prevent erosion if the lot is well-drained and if the landscaping is attractive and likely to increase the home’s value and appearance.
  • Taxes: Look at local tax rates in the neighborhood. 
  • Assessments: Consider additional special assessments, like community fees, that may require you to pay extra annual or monthly fees.
  • Nuisances: Determine any nearby sources of noise, smoke, soot, dust, odors, or other hazards that will affect the housing environment. Also, consider if there are any development plans under consideration that could substantially change the nature of the community.
  • Flooding: Determine if flooding is a potential problem.