Before you can build a home in Hunterdon County, you've got to buy a plot of land where the home will be built. Land in and around Hunterdon County is often sprawling, wooded, pastoral, beautiful. Still, empty lots can start to look the same after you've seen two or three. Rating the advantage of one lot over another can be difficult. This checklist can help.
1. What do you want in a home?
Before you ever start shopping for land, write your list of must-haves and nice-to-haves for your future home. Do you want a large yard? A secluded area to live? Nearby neighbors? A pool? Outdoor structures like a shed or detached garage? Outdoor hot tub? A view?
All of these features can affect the kind of lot that will be right for you. Knowing in advance what you want in a home will help you make smart decisions as you start shopping for a future build site.
2. Visit your potential lot with a representative
If you've decided to build a home, you may have already selected your design build contractor. If that's the case, visit the lot together. Your design build contractor can help you decide which lot has features that will help you build your dream home. While together, explore the features of the lot and talk about potential home placement.
3. Ask questions
In order to make a decision about a lot, you'll need information about the amenities, placement, what's in the area, and so on. Ask and learn the answers to the following questions:
- Is there a sewer hookup?
- Is it part of a subdivision?
- If so, will there be (or are there) subdivision amenities? Restrictions?
- Is there an HOA?
- Is the tract located within the Hunterdon County city limits?
4. Consider Land Features
Size, shape, water features, topography: all of these factors affect what you can do with your land and whether you can accomplish your list of must-haves. If the lot you're considering is very large, exploring that lot could take quite a bit of effort. Take the time to walk around or drive around and get a sense for what the lot looks like from all sides.
5. Explore the Neighborhood
Drive around the neighborhood, walk the sidewalks, and explore the area around your potential plot of land. You'll learn a lot about what it would be like to live there just by seeing the neighborhood, introducing yourself to neighbors, and taking note of the businesses or services in the area.
If you work at a full-time job, drive to work one day starting at the lot. This will give you a sense of traffic patterns and how long you can expect to spend on the road every day.
6. Get it Inspected
Before you buy land, get a professional inspection. The inspector may assess environmental factors like soil quality, air quality, water quality and so on. While you're at it, have the property surveyed. This will be necessary before you build on the land anyway, and will help ensure that you know where the perimeter of the lot is located.
7. Know Your Options
There may be many lots available in Hunterdon County when you begin your search for a new home. Visit multiple possibilities before settling on the plot that's right for you. Each lot will have advantages and disadvantages, and weighing those factors can be a challenge. Again, this is a good time to work with your design build contractor, as you decide which lots will help you meet your home building goals.
8. Work With the Experts
The place you choose to build your home will have a major impact on your happiness and quality of life for years to come. It's not a decision that you should make lightly. You'll need professional support before you can make the right decision.
GTG Builders LLC provides resources for home buyers, so they can be fully aware and informed when they begin the design and construction process. Take a look at our free custom home guide. If you're ready to get started with the design and process of buying a lot, contact us today for a consultation. We'll help you get started as you take the next steps toward constructing your future forever home.