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Choosing a Site for your home
Choosing the right location for your new build is one of the most important decisions you will have to make when planing your home, you can always change, extend or renovate your home but your location is your location. This is a quick guide to help you make an informed decision about your site and to help you insure it is suitable for any future plans or changes you may require.
Finding a site
The internet is the quickest and easiest way to find anything these days and finding a suitable site is no different, a range of websites including myhome.ie and property.ie offer a wide range of sites to view, allowing searches to be refined by price or location. Ask people you know, a friend or relative might be considering selling a site, if they know you and it saves them the hassle of going through the usual advertisement and commission procedures they might let you have it for less than market value.
Choosing the right site
You should visit a site several times before making an offer for it. Check the site at different times of day and during different weather conditions. traffic and noise levels can significantly vary at different times throughout the day. some areas have very poor drainage check to see local access roads don’t become flooded or impassable after heavy rain.
Check with you local planning office and find out if there are any development plans for the area that could effect the value of your property in the future.
Ask the neighbours about the site, they can inform you of the sites condition during winter weather, Is the site prone to flooding? is there anything else about the site I should know? This also gives you the opportunity to meet the local people and get an idea of what it would be like to live in this community.
Walk around the site and the surrounding land. See what plants are growing on the site are they the type that only grow on or near wetlands? If they are it could mean drainage problems.
If you are seriously interested in a site ask permission to dig a number of trial pits, maybe as deep as 3 to 4 meters down and have an expert check what is in the layers and how far down is the level of the water table.