How to Stay on Track when Building a Home

When you decide to build a home, this is the first in many of the decisions to follow.  The questions go far beyond which color of siding is your favorite or whether or not you can afford those stainless steel appliances.  But, don’t let that deter you; we have some helpful hints to keep you on the right track.


Choosing your dream team is the first step.  A real estate agent can help you find a great location, plus answer all of your questions ranging from topography, to school districts, and negotiating price.  They can also help you choose a builder with plenty of experience.  With so many builders out there today, pick a builder that will stand behind and service the home.  Make sure the builder has a good warranty program and check their client’s lists and talk to clients who have built with them.


It is easy to let your imagination run wild, but more than likely you have a budget and if you really want to enjoy your home, you’ll need to keep those numbers in check.  As one realtor explains:  “Many times buyers think the greatest advantage of building is getting everything they ever wanted in a home.  This is only 100 percent true if you have an unlimited budget.  For most buyers, they’ll still need to make sacrifices to accommodate their budget.”  Just like purchasing a pre-existing home, start with a list of “needs” and “wants”.  And then consider which area you are willing to compromise.


Do you need to be close to work? The airport?  Do you want country living?  Wherever it is you dream of building, make sure you pick a lot that suits the type of home you want.    If you are head over heels in love with a lot that requires too much work to lodge your dream house, go back to your budget – and a map – to consider if there’s a more friendly choice.


Building a home is a lot more than just paint colors.  The right floor plan matters in a big way, not just for your enjoyment, but also if you’re considering resale value.  A house full of rooms sounds enticing, but don’t go overboard. says:  The addition of a playroom, game room or multipurpose room sounds enticing, but only plan to build a room that will actually get used.  What good is a wasted home gym where the treadmill is used to hold clothes from last season?”  Instead focus on square footage and functional spaces – like the kitchen.