Guidelines
Deciding where to live
Choosing the right builder
Shopping for quality and value
Tax advantages of building a new home
Maintaining your new home and it’s value

Location is one of the most important considerations when thinking about a new home.
Weigh the pros and cons of living in town or in the country. Compare locations as carefully
as you compare houses. Consider practical aspects such as time and distance to work,
schools and shopping. Make personal observations, but also consult with your builder, local
government, friends, and if possible, the people in the neighborhood you're considering.

As you explore each home, use the following checklist to help determine whether the
location suits your needs.

Is there convenient and adequate shopping nearby?
Are police and fire protection close and available in an emergency?
How close will you be to Pattie A. Clay or Berea St. Joseph's hospitals?
How close will you be to school and daycare?
How about traffic? Are the streets quiet? Does the speed limit on the street suit you? If you have children, will they be safe from traffic hazards?
Is there sufficient potential for parking or a garage?
Is garbage collection adequate for your needs?
How close are parks, recreational and sports facilities?
Is there a desirable place to worship close by?
Do the lot and house offer adequate privacy?
Is the sewer system or septic tank adequate and reliable? Does it meet your present and future needs?
Is the land well-drained? Has proper landscaping been done to prevent erosion? Is the landscaping attractive and likely to enhance the value of the home?
Are there easements or assessments that will force you to provide access to others or pay added charges?
Are there nearby nuisances like noise, smoke, soot, dust, odors or other hazards?
Are any development plans under consideration that could substantially change the nature of the community?
Is flooding a potential problem?
Property taxes: Many people who work in Lexington choose to live in Madison County because of attractive real estate prices and affordable property taxes.
Thinking about buying a new home? The best investment you can make might
be the time you spend with us right here on the Madison County Home Builders
Association website. Here you'll find common sense advice about: