Lots and homes are very interdependent. Not every lot is right for every home and vice-versa. For example, flat lots are not suitable for walkout basements and slab foundations do not work well on a slope. Keep this in mind when choosing the land for your home. You may not have a house plan yet, but you probably have some idea of the style home you prefer.
Once you have located a building site for your new home, spend some time on it. Walk around on it different times of the day. Ask yourself these questions:
- Will the home you imagine blend with the landscape?
- Does the landscape suggest particular colors or materials you might include in the design of the home?
- Where are the most pleasing views?
- Where does the sun rise and set?
- Where should the driveway be located?
- Will the size of your home fit proportionately to the size of the lot?
- How much landscaping will be required?
- Is the property near a river or stream that could cause flood damage?
- How disruptive is it because of noise from an airport, highway or railroad?
As you narrow your search think about these things and don’t be afraid to get expert advice.