How to pick the best physical environment to build your Home in

 So you want to build a home. You might have a complete picture of your dream home in your mind, down to the interiors. However, have you really thought about the physical site that the construction would stand on? There are numerous factors to consider when picking the best physical environment to build your home in. This article will explain some of them, so that you can make an informed decision that will benefit you in the long term. After all, you want your dream home to be you and your family’s refuge for as long as you live. 

 What are your family dynamics?

Your family dynamics are a primary concern when choosing a physical environment for your home. If your family is young, with school-going children, you need to be in an area with educational facilities nearby. However, if you are retired and do not have your children with you, you can pick a place that is more peaceful and has more people of your age. Ensure that whatever you choose is not far away from the facilities you need to access.

How long will it take you to commute?

No one wants to be stuck in traffic for hours, on end, every day. So when choosing a location for your home, think about how long your commute to and from your workplace would take. When doing this, don’t just consider the distance, but also take note of the usual flow of traffic. You can use Open Street Map to gain an idea of how lengthy your commute would be when considering the best site for your home.  

What facilities and services can you access?

No matter how scenic or spacious a place is, you have to think about accessibility when you’re building a home. You need to buy groceries regularly, your children need to go to school, and you definitely should be prepared for medical emergencies of all sorts. 

Hence, choosing a location where you can access shops, healthcare facilities, and educational institutes easily is quite necessary. In developing South Asian countries, large swaths of locals now regularly resort to online real estate portals to assess potential house construction sites on these location-specific fronts. In Pakistan, for instance, people make frequent use of property listing sites like to narrow in on localities that not only provide good opportunities for establishing home ownership, but which are also investor-friendly.  

Is the area clean and pollution-free?

With the increasing urbanisation and rising pollution trends prevalent everywhere these days, not every area is safe to live in. Going for a clean and healthy locality involves conducting a lot of research. However, a few major tips to follow, in order to take a wise next step, are as follows:
  • Avoid industrial areas – Do not build your home near a factory or an industrial area. Industrial waste is quite hazardous and the smoke many factories emit can cause several severe respiratory problems. In addition, the groundwater in these places may also be contaminated. 
  • Buy a plot in a green area – Whether it’s near a park or a tree-lined avenue, your home should be near some lush greenery. Greenery filters pollutants and also lowers the temperature.
  • Do not live in commercial areas – Commercial areas are traffic hubs and lead to the accumulation of considerable amounts of waste. So try to build your home in a purely residential area. However, do ensure that you do not live too far away from all the day-to-day facilities you need. 

Will the area you choose remain idyllic forever?

Ideally, a dream home should last you a lifetime. When choosing an area, think about what it would be like in the future, and whether you would be able to navigate the terrain as easily as you grow older. To do this, you need to work out a balance between serenity and convenience. As you age, you need to have easier access to all kinds of facilities, alongside your peace and quiet. 

Try to go for a location which is developed, but is not expected to become overcrowded in the coming years. Again, try to stay away from areas which are all set to become commercialised, so that your peace of mind remains intact.  

What is the neighbourhood like?
The social fabric of an area can have a huge impact on your living experience. Before thinking of building a home somewhere, do your research on what the neighbourhood is like. Is the demographic mostly dominated by families or youngsters? What are the crime statistics of the area? Is it safe to play outside for your children? Is the community close-knit? These are all the questions you need to ask beforehand. 

Is the land itself good for a home? 

Now it’s time to get down to the technical nitty-gritty of picking a location for your home. You should have an expert check out the soil quality and the status of groundwater in the desired location of your home. 

If the soil is not solid enough, the area may not be viable for construction. In addition, you do not want to go through the hassle of installing a water bore or having to buy tankers of water a couple of years down the lane. Confirm whether there is a regular and clean water supply in the area, and how easily it can be accessed. 

Another obvious thing to look out for is whether your desired location is in an earthquake or flooding-prone area or not.  

How rigid are the bylaws in the area? 

Do you have plans to expand your home in the future? Then you must carefully go through the bylaws of all the localities that you consider. See whether these rules suit you or not. If the construction and maintenance guidelines are extremely rigid, you may have a problem. 

For those of you with pets, you must see what the bylaws say about them and whether the area is pet-friendly. If you plan to rent out a portion of your home or wish to establish a business, you need to check with the authorities regarding the permissibility of following through with these ventures. So long story short, you need to read the bylaws carefully. 

So these were some of the factors that you should seriously consider when choosing the best physical environment to build your home in. Follow these guidelines, and you will be sure to check any of the potential problems identified above from developing.
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