If you aren’t simply building on your existing land or you haven’t already chosen a location for your custom home, it’s one of the most important decisions to be made. Even the perfect house won’t feel like home if it’s built in an area you don’t love, and if you build in a neighbourhood on the decline it could cost you should you ever decide to sell. Considering how important to right location is, keep these eight factors in mind when choosing where to build your custom home:
Think About Your Budget
A large tract of land in rural Alberta costs less than a small condo in bustling downtown Calgary. Both have their advantages, but no matter what you choose it has to fit within your budget. Before you narrow down any other factors, settle on a price that you are comfortable paying, and then work forward from there. Otherwise, you could be in over your head financial before a single nail is hammered on your custom home.
Consider Your Commute
Commute lengths have a direct correlation with life satisfaction, stress levels, physical health, and mental health. According to a 2014 study by the University of Waterloo, people with the longest commutes are the least satisfied with life, and a 2012 study published in the Journal of Preventative Medicine linked poor cardiovascular health to longer commutes. Choose a location which shortens your daily commute to a comfortable length.
Have or Want Children?
You don’t want to build the perfect bachelor pad or design a stunning custom home meant for a childless couple only to decide you want children a short couple years later. If you have or are planning to have children, the proximity to good schools, parks, recreational opportunities, and nearby friends should all be considered when choosing a location for your custom home.
City Boy or Country Girl?
Do you prefer the quieter pace of life surrounded by nature in the country? Or you do like the hustle and bustle of downtown Calgary? There is value in both, but you have to order your preferences and priorities when choosing a location for your custom home. Of course, you could have both! A quiet cabin retreat in the Rockies, and a happening downtown pad with access to all modern city amenities.
Talk To Your Builder
If you still aren’t quite sure about the best location, talk to your custom home builder. They’ve been in the industry a long time and understand the benefits and drawbacks of practically every neighbourhood and type of home in Calgary. You don’t have to make this important life decision alone, and at Tri-Link Builders we’re here to help.