We all know the real estate mantra of Location. Location. Location. We've been hearing it for years. One reason is that it's true. Where you live really does matter. But when you're building a new home in the Seattle area, location is particularly important. It's about much more than having a great view. Of course, you'll want to consider things such as convenience to work or shopping, and good school districts. And you may also want to think about ease of accessto family fun in Seattle.
But when you’re building a new home, you’ll also want to be sure that the lot you’re building on is really suitable for building. The purchase price of your lot may not reflect preparation work that needs to be done to make it ready for building. How much grading will need to be done? Is the soil stable enough to support your foundation? Will you have any drainage problems?
It’s not unusual to find homes being built where there is no history of flooding or drainage problems—only to have them crop up later due to over-building. An area that has never had drainage problems can develop them when houses, streets, sidewalks, and other construction change the natural runoff patterns.
One way to find out about that is to drive through the area where you’re planning to build during or right after a heavy rain and see how things drain. It may take you a little bit of time, but that’s far better than building in the wrong place and waking up to a foot of water in your basement!
If you really want to be certain about your lot, you’re going to want to talk to someone who knows the area well—and who understands what it takes to build in the Seattle area. Our family has been building custom homes in this area for more than 108 years! This area is our home and we know a thing or two about what to look for in a piece of property that will be suitable for your home. We have an extensive network within the homebuilding industry and we often hear about land possibilities even before it goes on the market. Sometimes we even know about lots that real estate agents aren’t aware of.
Sometimes the location you want (neighborhood and community) may have lots that are pretty small. But that doesn’t mean you can’t build a comfortable house that will meet your needs. Don’t let a small sized lot keep you from building a beautiful home in an area you love. Here’s a helpful post about building a very livable home even when the lot you’re planning to build on is small (and narrow).
Location is important when building a new home. Whether you’re looking for property in a particular area, or need a home to fit a specific lot, we can help!