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Posted by Gabbie Gately on Nov 3, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Are you ready to build a new custom home with Adair Homes? If so, one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make is the very first one: selecting the right lot. Your choice of land will significantly influence your new home’s design, the construction process, and your overall living experience. In this Adair LIVE recap, we explore the key factors to consider when choosing the perfect lot for your dream home.

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1. Location

The first and foremost consideration is the location. In the Adair LIVE, Kari Montoya and Jay Sauers emphasize the importance of choosing a homesite that works with your lifestyle. When you are looking for land, think about its proximity to work, the school district it lies within, and future development in and around the property (researching future developments in the area can give you insight into the neighborhood’s potential growth). 

Consider a potential homesite’s convenience to your daily commute (do you like the drive?), the restrictions of the neighborhood or land (HOA?), and the availability of essential amenities like grocery stores and healthcare facilities.

2. Lot Size and Orientation

How big should your lot be? Consider your family’s needs and lifestyle. A larger lot obviously provides more room for a building envelope (are you considering a one story home?) and outdoor space. 

Browse Adair Home’s online library of floorplans to get a good idea of how large a home you desire, and how it might be oriented.

If a yard is of utmost importance to you, understanding how much land you’ll need to build your dream home (including setbacks) is essential. Then, consider your desired outdoor activities, gardening, or even future expansions. If you need help, Adair is available to do a property feasibility study. We are committed to helping you build your forever home!

Additionally, pay attention to the lot’s orientation concerning sunlight. Proper orientation can enhance energy efficiency and natural lighting within your home—not to mention, help with snow melt in the winter.

3. Terrain and Topography

The terrain of the land plays a significant role in the construction process. Part of building new construction is managing land use, containing water run-off, and putting in utilities. You’ll also want to consider whether the land is rocky and hard to excavate, or flat and easy to access. Slope, soil quality, and drainage will affect the way your desired new home sits on your land—for instance, a flat or gently sloping lot is generally easier to build on and may require fewer modifications to the home site.

That being said, Adair Homes is prepared and ready to build your dream home wherever YOU want. That’s the beauty of an on-your-lot builder, like Adair. Have a dream piece of property but need some expert eyes? We are happy to provide a walk-through free of charge.

4. Utilities and Infrastructure

Your property will need access to essential utilities such as water, electricity, gas, and sewage. Check the availability and costs associated with connecting your new home to these utilities—and if they do not currently exist, what it will take to bring these services to your land. 

Looking in the country? Perhaps you will need a septic system, and trenching for electricity. Also, consider the presence of internet, phone, and cable services. Doing your due diligence now will save you time and energy in the future!

5. Feasibility Process

Adair Homes believes in doing a comprehensive feasibility study before any dirt is moved. It’s just good practice! We want to make sure that every one of our customers understands the full scope of a lot’s suitability for building.  

This step includes soil testing, site surveys, and analysis of local regulations and restrictions. Adair Homes’ experts can guide you through this process, ensuring that your chosen lot is suitable for your dream home.

6. Budgeting

At Adair Homes, your home equity is of primary importance! We want you to have home equity on day one of your journey into home ownership.

This means we put a lot of work into helping our homeowners establish a realistic budget for new construction. These budgets must include the cost of the lot, construction, interior details and upgrades, and any additional features desired. We also factor in the expenses associated with preparing the lot for construction and make allowances for any potential challenges that might arise during the building process.

Talk with an Adair team member today to discuss our Price Guarantee—something we’ve put into place for every one of our customers’ peace of mind.

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Your Lot, Your Home

By carefully considering and evaluating your chosen homesite, you can confidently move forward with an Adair custom home. The collaboration between your vision and Adair Homes’ expertise in new construction, floorplans, and design will bring your dream home to life on the perfect piece of land. 

Watch Kari and Jay Sauers’ insightful discussion on choosing the right land for your custom home here. Want to be a part of the next Adair LIVE discussion? Be sure to tune in: Every other Wednesday starting on November 8th! 

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is based on the insights shared by Kari and Jay Sauers in the referenced live video. It is advisable to consult with Adair Homes’ experts for personalized guidance tailored to your specific needs and preferences.

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Whether your land is located in a rural or urban area, our Home Ownership Counselors are proud to assist you on the path to building your dream home. We offer a wide variety of plans, a commitment to value, and guidance in the design process. 

If you’re still in the early stages of the homebuilding process, we can help you find land and provide financial services through Adair Financial.