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Building a Home That Fits In a Neighborhood
Paragon C&D Builders / Vallone Real Estate
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 • Posted December 9, 2008 10:00 PM

Building a home is a huge task. There is so much to do. But how do you make sure that you are building a home that is right for the neighborhood? Here are some tips.

When you buy a lot, make sure that you buy in an area where your home looks like it is home. If all the houses are one style and then you build your house and it is a completely different style, then you will stand out, and it will bring your home value down. Your house could be the same size, smaller, or larger, but you don't want it to be a ranch style house in a neighborhood that is all colonial style houses.

On the other side of things, you don't want to have the same style of house and then make it really small or really big for the area. Having a home that is the biggest on the block, will make your home value go down. It will still be more than the other homes on the block, but it won't be worth as much as it should be.

You don't want the outside to be the same and then have the inside be different. It will still bring your home value down and won't fit in with the neighborhood. Things don't have to be exactly the same.

Look at the other homes in the area before you start to build. If your plans don't match what the other homes look like, or aren't in the general area of the style of the homes, then you might want to think about changing your plans. The best plan is to find what you want, or make plans of what you want, and then buy the plot of land. You want your home to be unique but also have the same sort of style as the others. Get to know the area you want to buy in before you start building, buying, or making plans.

Look at the other median home prices in the area. You can find this out buy seeing how much the other home prices are selling for in the immediate area. If your house will be worth about that much when you are done building it, then it is a good sign that you are probably good. You won't have to worry about it being worth too much or too little. Don't go off the price that it will cost you to build the house, but the cost that your house will be worth when it is completed. You should be able to find this out from your builder or realtor.

When you are building your home, think about it this way. You wouldn't want to build a huge mansion in the middle of a neighborhood that was filled with run down houses. It wouldn't make sense. That is what it's like when you build a home that doesn't fit in the neighborhood. It brings down the value of your home and ends up not being the perfect house after all.

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