Obviously, you can’t build your “House On A Dime” unless you have a site to build it on. Even if you’re buying an existing home, you need to pay careful attention to the site. While it’s true that the foundation is the most important part of your house, don’t forget that the foundation starts with the piece of dirt that it’s sitting on!
Some things to consider when choosing a site:
- Drainage: Be absolutely certain that your site drains well, and that the water can be directed away from the house. (Water is NOT your friend!)
- Access: What type of roads lead to your house? Are they full of potholes? Our road beat our cars to death! That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t live in the middle of nowhere…just make sure you understand what that means!
- Distance: Will you be commuting from your “House On A Dime”? What is your fuel cost going to be? There were times that my gasoline bill was almost $1,000/month! (Hmmm…maybe I should have bought a car with better mileage!)
- Terrain: Is there a suitable home site on your land? You might be shocked when you find out how much those 100 dump truck loads of dirt are going to cost! Or, the excavation of the side of a hill. Find a spot that will require minimal dirt work.
- Utilities: Are they available? What’s the cost of getting a water meter? (Probably more than you think). Can you even get city or community water? Will you have to drill a well? What about electricity? You might be surprised that you often have to pay to bring the power from the edge of your property to your actual house site…SO, if you build smack dab in the middle of 50 acres, the costs can add up!
- through 10. HELP ME OUT HERE! Someone comment or ask a question about site considerations. I’d love to get some input!