Posted by Bruce Borden in Home Buying

Choosing a homesite for your new home can be an exciting experience when looking to buy a new construction home. At M/I Homes, many of our communities offer you the chance to pick your own homesite and build one of the available floorplans on it.

Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a Homesite

Backyard View or Back to Neighbors

Consider the view from your backyard when selecting a homesite. A beautiful backyard view can significantly enhance your living experience, providing a peaceful retreat and a sense of privacy.

On the other hand, backing onto neighbors might offer less privacy but could be a more affordable option. Think about how important the view and privacy are to you and weigh them against your budget and preferences.

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Corner Site or Cul-de-sac

The location of your homesite within the community is another critical factor. Corner sites often offer more space, allowing for larger yards and more natural light. They also tend to have fewer neighbors, which can provide additional privacy. However, they might also be more exposed to traffic and noise.

Cul-de-sac homesites are located on quieter, dead-end streets, reducing traffic and providing a safer environment for children to play. These sites often foster a stronger sense of community as neighbors can interact more frequently.

corner homesite

Size of the Homesite

The size of the homesite is a fundamental consideration that affects various aspects of your living experience. Larger homesites provide more outdoor space for gardens, pools, and recreation, and they offer more privacy. However, they also require more maintenance and can be more expensive.

Smaller homesites are easier to maintain and can be more affordable, but they offer less outdoor space and privacy. Think about how much space you need for your lifestyle, hobbies, and future needs, and choose a size that accommodates these needs.

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Proximity to Community Amenities

Many M/I Homes’ communities are filled with amenities such as pools, recreational centers, playgrounds, and gyms. Being close to these amenities can greatly enhance your living experience by providing easy access to recreational activities and opportunities for social interaction.

Consider which amenities are most important to you and your family. For example, being near a playground might be a priority if you have young children. If you enjoy fitness activities, proximity to a gym or pool could be beneficial. Living close to the amenities you will use the most can save you time and make it easier to incorporate these activities into your daily routine.

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Use an Interactive Plat Map

Our interactive plat maps give you a clear picture of where your home will be located in relation to the community. You can find available homesites, see what's in contract or sold, and experience an overlay with Google Maps to visualize the surrounding conveniences and major roads.

By carefully evaluating your priorities and needs, you can select a homesite that enhances your lifestyle and provides a comfortable living environment.

At M/I Homes, we understand that this is a significant decision, and we are here to help you every step of the way as you narrow down your home search.


Bruce Borden


Bruce has been with M/I Homes for over 20 years, has been the National Customer Experience Manager for over 10 years, and has been in the home building industry for over 30 years. Happily married and a proud father, Bruce enjoys outdoor activities and home improvement projects, and has never met someone he didn't like.

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