It’s finally time. You’re ready to buy a home and you’re weighing the options of building on a lot with acreage or buying one in a subdivision with limited room. Sure, the home in the subdivision is already built and ready to live in, but you’re looking for something with more flexibility. You want to be able to build the home how you want it, where you want it and use your land how you see fit. Building on a lot with acreage has its advantages, and it may just be the right choice for you.
Oh, the Possibilities!
Virtually anything is possible when you choose to build on a lot with acreage, as long as you meet our Southwest Florida zoning regulations. Things like home placement, home design and the configuration of your land is more flexible. Looking to have a tree-lined drive to your house? You can do that! Your home’s size can be large or small and there’s plenty of room for additions, like a fire pit, pool, garden and other fun backyard activities. Building on a lot with acreage has seemingly endless possibilities and quite a bit of perks. Let’s talk about those next.
Generally, undeveloped land is less expensive than land located in a subdivision. There also tends to be more privacy from neighbors, and depending on the acreage of your land, no neighbors for miles, meaning potential for less noise. Another perk of building on a lot with acreage is that it probably won’t be located in an area with an HOA. Homeowners Associations regulate some of the following aspects of your home:
- Home size
- Home location
- Paint color
- Fence placement
- Maintenance items, such as lawn care and landscaping
Every HOA is different and has its own set of rules and regulations that homeowners need to follow. Keep in mind that just because you purchase land with acreage doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t be located in a neighborhood that has an HOA, so if this is a concern for you, make sure you do your research on the area before making an offer on a piece of property.
When building on a lot with acreage, there are certain realistic expectations that you need to keep in mind. First of all, undeveloped land doesn’t have water or sewer lines already on the property. Therefore, this is an expense that you will need to incur; however, due to the fact that these items are not already on the property, it gives you the flexibility to place them where you wish, instead of working around something that already exists. You also will find that building on a lot with acreage will take a bit more time that simply moving into an already existing home or building in a subdivision. You may need to take the time to clear the land before construction can even begin, and depending on what you want to put on your property, it may take some time before it’s move-in ready.
Tips for Building on a Lot with Acreage
It’s important to choose your property wisely and be sure it’s going to work for you. Design a home that works well for your family and adapt a floorplan that works with the topography of the land. Lastly, find a builder who is experienced in on your lot home building, as they are more well-versed in the special requirements that go into a project such as this.
The possibilities are endless when you build on a lot with acreage, and our experts are ready to get started on your project. Call (239) 254-1664 or visit www.gulfstreamhomes.com.