Building Your Own House: Tips to Finding a Perfect House Location

Building Your Own House: Tips to Finding a Perfect House Location

30th August 2019

Congratulations! You’re about to fulfil one of the most rewarding projects in your life - building your own home. When it comes to the location of your new house, there are many factors that you need to consider. This is a big decision requiring proper planning before you can get started. You want to do everything right the first time. This piece contains all you need to know before you get started. Please read on.

Selecting a Desirable Place

You need to find a location suitable for your dream house - a place you’d want to spend the better part (if not the rest) of your live in. The following are some of the most important factors to consider.

●What is the ground stability?

How long your house will last depends on the stability of the ground it is to be built on. Building your house on unstable earth, such as mucky soil or shifting sand, is likely to fail within a short period of time. However, you can choose to build the house on special foundations or pilings.

●Climate of the area

If you’re to build your house on places with extreme weather conditions like floods, intense heat, hurricane or frigid cold, there are special considerations that you will have to make.

●Community infrastructure

Check to see how far you are from medical facilities and access to basic commodities. Are you in a police jurisdiction - for protection in case of a crime or when seeking legal practice? Also, ensure to check for availability of good schools if you have children or are planning to have some in the near future.

●Utilities

You will most likely require access to conveniences such as telephone and broadband services, potable water and electric power so ensure to check if those particular utility providers are available in that location.

Selecting the house to build

Despite the fact that you’re building a house to live in possibly for the rest of your life, you should always build your house for resale and not just for you. Why? Well you might actually want to sell the house at some point for various reasons such as a job transfer or lifestyle changes. The house should, therefore, not create issues when the time comes to sell it. Another aspect that will dictate the house you’ll build is your budget and the availability of funds. Your personal finance may not be enough and you may have to look for other alternatives to finance the construction.  

Consider access issues

Check if you’ll need to place culverts or pipes under the driveway to enhance effective drainage of surface water away from the property and off the driveway, especially if you’ll be using your vehicle for transportation. Will the location’s low areas be impassable during heavy rains, and driveway installation be in conflict with underground utilities? Also, you’ll need to have access to some places or parts that might require installation of height protection systems such as safety ladders. When it comes to access issues, it’s essential to look for products that meet the minimum requirements to perform a particular task.