If you have had a custom build in the past or have heard of such, you know that location is everything. It has been said more than enough times because it is true. It sounds simple enough, yet there are so many things to consider before you settle for a location.
The location of your custom building has the power to alter everything in the decision-making process. A carefully placed build will not only lower the land purchases expenses but also make the building process much smoother.
Choosing the correct location also ensures that you can sell your build at a higher value in the future. Making the decision of where to build can be overwhelming. However, you can follow a simple list of considerations and questions to make this decision.
What to Do
The first thing that you should do is conduct research on potential location spaces. What are you dreaming of for your build? It could be a professional, corporate office smack-dab in the middle of the city, or a more creative, warehouse-type space on the outskirts of a busy area. Whatever you want, research the places that have those features and the availability of land. Find out how much space you can get, how crowded or spaced the buildings are, even the prices of land. You can do this research on the web and make time to visit these places and see for yourself.
As you do your research, be sure to examine the typography of the area. Valles, rives, beaches, and other natural topographical features could be in the way of your custom build. They can also enhance your view, depending on the style you are taking.
Ensure that the land is not prone to natural disasters. A lake view could be great, but it could also be a flood risk during the rainy seasons. If that’s the case, your build will become more expensive to insure.
What to Consider
Your research should have introduced you to a few options. One way to narrow it down to just one is to make considerations—with the first thing you need to consider being zoning and other restrictions. Local zoning laws govern what you can do with the land. There are also private agreements between buyers and owners that will determine what you can and cannot do with the land.
As you are making considerations, do not forget the little things such as sunlight and how much natural light you will get. You want a location that will give you the most sunlight exposure to reduce electrical and heating bills.
Consider community traits such as the availability of restaurants and any other facilities you would want near you. When it comes to building for commercial purposes, it’s especially important to consider the proximity to markets, flexibility of access, and even parking availability.
Finally, consider the future. The future is unpredictable, and you need to be prepared for anything. Your location should give you room to expand if the need arises. Furthermore, it should be ideal for renovation. If you decide to sell, consider what price you will get, it should match the original or go higher, but should never be lower.