Saturday, February 25, 2012

Building a Home - The Cost of New Construction

We know that building a new home means having to spend a lot of money. We call the money to be spent as the Cost of Construction. If you are thinking of building a new home rather than buying from the many available existing homes, you should know the right procedures you have to take before you finally start buying materials for it. But before we go to that, let's identify first the choices you have when it comes to financing your home.

In financing, as the owner of the home that is to be built, here's the two ways you can choose from to finance your new construction.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

5 Questions You Should Ask Your Custom Home Builder

Building your own home is not a process that should be taken lightly. It is a huge investment on your finances and your time, and because it is a custom home, you should get exactly what you want. When you enter into a relationship with a custom homebuilder, the process from start to finish can take anywhere from nine to eighteen months, so you'll want to make sure you're working with someone who can meet your needs for an extended period of time. Before deciding on your homebuilder, be sure to ask the following 5 questions to make sure you cover your bases.


Consider hiring a custom homebuilder similar to hiring a long-term employee. You should know what's on their resume. The last thing you need is someone practicing on your brand new home. Inquire who they've worked with, what projects they've worked on, examples of homes that have been built, and how long they've been in business. Inquire if the firm is part of a larger entity. Try to get as much background information as possible.

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Guide to Selecting the Right New Home Builders

When you can't find a house that fits your needs, maybe it's time to approach new home builders. Building a house from the ground up is a great way to get the best home to fit your specifications and lifestyle perfectly. Before you go and make the plans for your dream house, it is just as important to pick and choose the right company. With a few helpful tips, the search becomes much easier.

First, contact your local chapter of the National Association of Home Builders. NAHB is one of the largest trade associations that assure safe, decent and affordable housing. Ask them for a listing of active builders in your area. That should be the first list of builders you should keep. Build the roster some more by inquiring at real estate agencies or consulting a buyer's agent. Get referrals from friends and family; news by word of mouth is always valuable information. Search online for home builders in your area. Check the real estate listings on the newspapers or real home design magazines for listings of new home builders.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Where Do I Find Custom Home Plans?

When you venture out towards building a custom home, there are so many things to consider. Where you will your plot of land be? Will you build completely custom or go with a semi-custom home? There are many options, and it can seem a little confusing at first. A lot of people don't understand where the actual house plans come from. Is it the buyer's responsibility to produce plans? Is there a ready-made place where they can acquire plans? Will the custom homebuilder assist with the plans?

It's easy to get sucked into the many house plans that are available on the Internet today. A simple Google search will show you numerous sites that provide both free and paid house plans. While this may be a good jumping-off point for you, you'll want to exercise some caution with these plans. First, you should ask yourself how much time and strategy went into the plans. Is it someone's dream house they sketched quickly, and with no expert advice? If so, you may find that there are some structural issues and/or gaps in building code. This can leave you with an undesirable house. It would be wise to use these plans a way to get ideas for your own, unique plan.

If you're purchasing a semi-custom home or a custom home, you'll find that your homebuilder should have some existing plans already in place. For semi-custom homes, you can add tweaks to the plans that make it custom. For example, maybe you add an additional car port, an additional bathroom, or a game room. You can choose other custom projects like the tiles and the countertops that go in the kitchen. For completely custom homes, most builders do have ready-made plans available that they've used before. Again, these should be a jumping off point to begin discussing your own personal needs and wants.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A First Time Buyer's Guide to New Home Builders

A new home may be the biggest investment you make in life. You should not settle for major compromises when it comes to the construction of the property. This is the reason why it is important you find the right developer for the new construction project. Buying a new property can get overwhelming. There are many considerations to keep in mind and chances are you will get frustrated. Knowing what to do will ease some of the anxiety and will make the process easier for you.

After settling on the location and budget, your first duty is to look for new home builders and eventually hire one. Here are some tips you should keep in mind before setting out on the task.

Choose new home builders with extensive experience in the business

Monday, October 17, 2011

Finding a Good Builder to Build Your Next Home

Building your own home the way you like is the new trend that everyone seems to be following. Many cities have old homes that were constructed over thirty years ago. A new home would be more stable and it would have a better market value when the time comes to sell it. Investors choose to build homes and sell them mainly because there is a large profit margin in the business. When building a home, you will need to have some capital. Without capital it is extremely hard to get a builder to work on your project. There are several builders in most markets, so you should look at some of their recently built homes to get an idea of how their craftsmanship is.

First, draw up a list of potential builders you will be using for your home. These builders should be both established and knowledgeable about the industry. The internet is a great place to start your search for a builder, as they list reviews and information on expertise. If a particular builder specializes in commercial buildings, you should leave them to it. Focus on home builders that have experience in building the type of home you want to purchase. Once you have found your builder, run a check on the company and the people that you are dealing with. You can use online resources to get information on the builder.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

How to Conduct Interviews With Home Builders

Hiring the wrong builder to build your house or any building project can be very costly. That's why you need to be very careful with the builder company that you are going to choose. You need to do a thorough research about them and make sure that they are worthy of your trust. You must select a company from a number of home builders you can find in your area. How will you do this will have a huge impact on how your house will be built later on.

The first step that you must make it so put together list of builders. How will you do this? Well, there's nothing better than the word of mouth. You will feel more secure if it's your close friends, families or anyone you know suggested a particular builder. So ask the people around you first for recommendation. One of them might know someone whose home was just finished and is impressed by their builder's job. If you can't find anyone, there are the local newspaper ads, yellow pages, and the internet. If you have your list, you can start doing a background check on each and every company on it. It may take a while but rest assured that it will be worthwhile afterwards. During this process, your list of builders might be trim down to three to five companies. If you have these numbers, your next step must be to interview these companies. If you don't know how to proceed with the interview, follow these tips.