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Old 2013-12-08, 04:17 PM
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Hi Guys,

We are thinking to buy a new house and we thought the hardest thing is to choose the model, but it looks like choosing the lot is also tough i know it should not be in a busy street, but what else should we check before we decide. The 2 lots we liked, they have an electrical pole, and don't know if this is going to effect our selection.

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Old 2013-12-08, 04:41 PM
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Check utility boxes, storm drains in the back and front, orientation of the lot (north facing, south, etc.), sidewalks. Light post is okay unless there are a lot of dogs in the area.
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Thanks. With your experience, what is the best orientation? The options we have are: front of the house facing north ( and backyard and family room facing south) and the other option is the opposite (backyard and family room facing north)

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The options we have are: front of the house facing north ( and backyard and family room facing south) and the other option is the opposite (backyard and family room facing north)
I have the front of the house facing north now. The one thing I noticed that in the winter, the neighbours across the street get full sun on the front of their house and therefore the snow melts faster on their front lawn and driveway. Where as the snow melts faster in my backyard and I get a lot of sun on the rear of my house.
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1-With a north facing house you get the evening sun in the backyard, which gets a little annoying if you want to enjoy sitting in the backyard or playing with kids in the evening so for our new house we chose the opposite orientation (facing south) but then ours also is a pie shape lot so that was also a decisive point...its all comes to your preferences
2-If possible choose a deeper lot if you want more backyard.
3-No sidewalk gives you a bigger driveway and no snow to shovel.
4-utility boxes and street lights are best to be avoided
But you cant get everything so choose whatever suits you more
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Old 2013-12-09, 08:03 AM
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Prefer to the front of the house facing North. Too much heat generated in the summer time if the front is facing South.

As for utility boxes and fire hyrant in front of the lot, you can always negotiate with the builder for price concession. There are homeowners who had done it in the past and it just comes down to a bit of asking & pushing the builder.
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Hi Guys,

We are thinking to buy a new house and we thought the hardest thing is to choose the model, but it looks like choosing the lot is also tough i know it should not be in a busy street, but what else should we check before we decide. The 2 lots we liked, they have an electrical pole, and don't know if this is going to effect our selection.

Thank you
Here are some key points that we look at
1) Prefer crescents (i.e. not on a thru street)
2) size of lot (larger the better, you can always change the house but you can never change the lot). Pie shaped? irregular?
3) any impediments (i.e. does the city need access to storm water once every few years and would need to get equipment through your backyard etc)
4) proximity to things that people dislike (trains/main roads/noise)
5) proximity to neighbours behind. If you can't get a ravine type lot or walk-out, make sure that the houses behind you are on the same elevation or lower. You don't want the house behind you to be elevated higher than yours, because then they can see easily into your house.
6) if there is a sidewalk in front. I prefer no sidewalk, that way I can easily park the most number of cars on my driveway. Also less pedestrian traffic.
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Check for;

- Sidewalks
- Green box
- Light bole
- Utlility box
- Mail box (usually on corner lots)
- Fire Hydrant
- Power lines in the area
- Possible house number (a lot may have a number you aren't lucky with)
- Brick selection (you may be restricted in brick chosen if neighbours already chose)
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So far, the lot we chose has none of these things, the only thing we don't know for sure is where the storm drain will be located. We asked the sales office and she said she does not see it in the map and she put it in writing, but i think this is not guaranteed
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Storm drains are on street not on the lot

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