Building your own home and buying your own home are different -- a lot different.
1) This is your chance to predict (and build for) the future.
Not only can you design and build something that will suit your family today, but you have the opportunity to create a home that will grow with your needs. Do you see yourself needing an additional bedroom for a kid or aging parent in the coming years? Will there be future drivers in the family? If so, you'll want to plan accordingly and find out your neighborhood's HOA covenants regarding driveway or street parking -- or maybe it's just best to build out that three-car garage now. Storage needs can change quickly, as can the use of entertaining spaces like big back yards and finished basements, so it's important to pick the right neighborhood and builder to set you up for your family's five-, ten-, or 20-year plan.
2) All homes are not created equal.
That's obvious, right? Just consider flooplan differences and the interior finish selections that can make a home distinct. But there's much more. Think lot location, situation, and size. Are the cabinets custom built or "box built"? Is the trim pre-finished white enamel or is it site-finished millwork? Then, there's the guts: air-to-air exchangers, floor trusses versus I-joists, fixture quality, appliance brands... it all matters, so be thoughtful when making choices.
3) There is such a thing as the "right builder" for you.
Staged model homes are meant to help paint an emotional picture for buyers like you so that you feel good in the home and become interested in getting your hands on one of your own. But before you get attached, it's important to understand who built the home and how they would replicate it for you -- custom, semi-custom, and production builders offer varying levels of buyer design and input on the home, and understanding your own appetite for decision making is paramount to getting your home building experience right.
4) Having an agent is a good idea.
Yes, you can purchase a new home without an agent. But each model and builder has a real estate agent on their side, and you'll want someone else involved to look out for your best interests. Plus, going it alone comes with a lot of responsibility you may not want to tackle solo: from putting together a home selection package to understanding and negotiating the contract and managing the various timelines and home visits, you'll want an expert agent on your side. Plus, there's a good chance that, during the build, you'll encounter an unfamiliar situation -- and if that happens, the outcome is a result of how it's negotiated with the builder. Let us help!