How to take the stress out of having a home built

How to take the stress out of having a home built


Having a home built just for you and your family is the American dream. Not only is it fun to customize a space to truly fit your needs, building your own home is a great way to start a new chapter in your life. With all of the fun and benefits to having your dream home built, there can be some stress as well. This is especially true for first time home owners, or those that have never been involved in having a new home built.


Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be so stressful if you know what to expect. Of course working with a professional new home builder also makes the process a lot easier. Here are some tips to help you get the home of your dreams without the stress.


  1. Location is often the first decision, which means you’re looking for a lot that works for your family now and in the near future. Something conveniently located for work and school may be ideal, but you may be fine with a commute if it means having beautiful scenery. If you think you know where you want to be, that’s great! If you don’t, we have plenty of lot suggestions that can help you in your search. 
  2. Get pre-approved for financing before you get too far into the process.. This removes a big question mark from the home building process so you can focus on the more fun details, like location, floor plan and features. If you have been through the process before, you’ll know what to expect. If you haven’t, you’ll want to educate yourself a bit first. Here is a good resource to learn about the pre-approval process. 
  3. Floor plans make the home because they have a direct impact on how happy you are with the space. Instead of stressing over the best layout, take a minute and make a list of things you find important in a home. Do you like the idea of having large living areas and a formal dining room? Do you like to entertain? Are you going to need more space in the upcoming years or less? Are stairs a problem? All of these factors play a big role in floor plan decisions.  
  4. Selecting features can be one of the most fun parts of the home building process. It can also be one of the more stressful ones if you’re not careful. It can be easy to be overwhelmed by your options or have trouble reaching a consensus on what’s important. Have everyone involved in the decision-making process list the types of features they want and compare your lists. This can be an easy way to prioritize what matters and what can be compromised on. 

There’s no doubt about it, having a new home built is a large division and substantial investment. There may be no way to completely remove the stress that comes with such a large change, it doesn’t have to steal the joy out of creating a beautiful space for your family to call home. If you have questions about the process, give us a call at (417) 724-9880 and we’ll be happy to help.

Home Building FAQ

Home Building FAQ

Building a new home is a dream come true for many people, but that doesn’t mean it’s stress free! Trying to understand the home building process can be overwhelming, especially to first time home buyers. This puts a lot of strain on people during what should be a fun and exciting time.


We understand that building a new home is something most people only do once in a lifetime. So while we handle these types of things daily, there are a lot of unknowns for the average home buyer. That’s what we put together this list of the most common questions we get from people ready to start the home building process.


What is the difference between a custom and semi-custom home?
A custom home is a home that is built around the ideas and preferences of the homeowner. This typically involves a homeowner which has specific ideas regarding layout, features, finishes and other specifics. A semi-custom home is where a home builder has some floor plans for you to consider as a starting point, but then customizes them along with other features of the house to meet your needs. So while a true custom home is a blank slate, a semi-custom home provides a starting point that you customize to meet your preferences.

What is a spec home?

A spec home is built on speculation by a builder, without input from a buyer. This means the builder decides everything about the home, from the location and floorplan through features. Generally, when you buy a spec home you do not have any say in it, you simply take what is offered. There are some exceptions, for instance you may get to choose a color scheme.


Do I have to have a lot picked out?


No, you do not have to have a lot picked out already. We have lot suggestions that you can look at and decide if they are right for your future home. If you do have a lot or acreage, however, we can put your new home on it as well.


Is it possible to see a home before making the commitment? 

It is always a good idea to walk through a home by a builder before you make any decisions. This gives you a first hand experience with the quality of the build, and allows you to see what some features look like in real life. Seeing a model home is the easiest way to handle this, and it usually also gives you an opportunity to ask questions in person.


How can you pick the right floor plan?

It’s important to consider your lifestyle, how you live in a home and what your family’s plans are for the next five or so years. For example, are you going to be growing your family and need more space? Or maybe your kids are getting ready to leave the nest? These factors play a big role in floor plan decisions. You’ll want to think about how you live in a house as well. For instance, if you like to entertain, you may want to focus on entertainment spaces and the kitchen.

Last but not least, you’ll want to make sure the home builder you decide upon has experience and a stellar community reputation. They should be readily available to answer questions and make you feel important, not rush you through any part of the process. After all, it may be just another day at the office for them but it’s a life changing decision for you and your family.

Learn more about the home building process, including what to expect from start to finish, here.

4 Reasons People Build A Custom Home

Too often people hear the phrase “custom home” and imagine ultra luxurious estates like what you see on television. This connects the idea of having a custom home to the very wealthy, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Custom homes are more common than you think and completely in reach for the average person.


In reality, custom homes are for everyone and we’re going to talk about some of the reasons people decide to go the custom home route.


    1. Floor Plans that fit
      If you’ve shopped for a new home, even for rent, you’ve probably seen floor plans that make you wonder what the builder was thinking. This happens because a home was built to fit the needs and wishes of someone that simply doesn’t match up with your own. By building a custom home you get to find the right floor plan for how you and your family live.

  • Features that fit

Features are important when it comes to overall comfort in your home. You may need walk-in closets, a formal dining area and commercial style kitchen while other people just want a den and large wrap-around porch. When you build a custom home, you can select features that match the life you want to live, helping to ensure that you’re happy with your home for years to come. 

  • Flexibility for the future

Families change, needs change and how you use a home changes over time. Sometimes you can predict these, but sometimes you can’t. For instance, if your kids are almost grown up, you can imagine an empty nest in the near future. If you’re wanting to start a family, you can imagine needing a play room and room to grow. Building a custom home while taking these ideas into account can help make sure your home fits your needs as your life changes.

  1. Budget control
    We know that it sounds like custom homes are always more expensive, but that is not the case. In fact, having a custom home actually allows you to control your budget and also allocate money where you prefer it to be spent. For example, you may not really care about having an extra room or a large patio but you do care about having a highly functional kitchen. When you build a custom home you get to allocate funds towards features that matter to you instead of paying for things you don’t really care about.

Buying a home is a large investment, but at least with a custom home you end up with a place you can truly call your own. With a custom home, you’re more invested in the process, and more comfortable with the results, which is important since you probably plan on living there for a long time!

5 Reasons to Visit a Model Home

5 Reasons to Visit a Model Home

If you’re considering having a home built, you have probably felt a bit overwhelmed at the many factors to consider. Not only are there many decisions to make, each one comes with extra stress due to the length of time you live in your home and the size of the investment. So how do you make the best decision for you and your family?

One of the best ways to get a feel for your future home, and ease the decision-paralysis that can happen, is to visit a model home. If you’ve been on the fence about making a trip, here are a few good reasons you’ll want to make plans and visit a model home today.


  1. Home builders are unique and have their own take on many aspects of the custom homes they build. Seeing pictures and videos are great, but they are not as immersive as a walk through. Visiting a model home is a great way to get a real feel for a builder’s overall style.

  2. Visiting a model home gives you a chance to experience some of the custom choices in person. This is a lot different than seeing pictures and videos, and can really change your opinion in surprising ways. You might decide that you do want a soaker tub or breakfast nook after you see them in person.

  3. Walking through a model home is a great way to find inspiration. All too often people limit their options based on what they’ve had in previous homes. This is a great way to rule out things like floor plans and options, but it doesn’t help you decide what you love. A visit to a model home is a fantastic way to experience options and find out what you like and want.

  4. Visiting a model home gives you a chance to ask questions in a low-pressure situation. Be sure to bring any questions you have with you, and take notes as you go for things that come up during the walk-through.

  5. How much square feet do you really need? While you can use your previous homes as a gauge, floor plans can dramatically change how the size of a home feels. One of the best ways to see what square feet really feels like is to visit a model home. 


These are just a few of the ways visiting a model home can help you make the best decisions for your future custom home. Just remember to take full advantage of the experience by coming prepared with your questions, take plenty of pictures and take your time. After all, building a home is an important decision that you and your family will live with for years to come.


Schedule a visit to our model home on 873 E. Ashford Ave or call (417) 724-9880 for more information.

Financial checklist for new home buyers

Buying a home is the American dream, and the goal of many people who are ready to put down some roots. In some circumstances, buying a home can also be a great investment. For first time homeowners, however, the process alone can be quite intimidating. If you’re not prepared financially, it can also be a significant drain on your resources.


The following tips can help first time homeowners prepare for the financial aspects of home ownership so that the entire experience is more rewarding, and less stressful.


Reduce your debt

Debt can derail your financial stability, especially when you’re considering a mortgage. When possible, try to reduce your debt so that you’re juggling fewer bills. This can potentially also improve your credit score and make financing your home a bit easier.


Create a budget


Budgeting is always helpful, but it’s critical when it comes to buying a home. You’ll need to know how much of a mortgage you qualify for before you really start shopping around. An easy way to do this is to get pre-approved for a mortgage and use that as your home buying budget. Keep in mind, it’s okay to set your home budget lower than your pre approved amount. 


Have a savings

The home buying process is costly and being a homeowner comes with additional expenses you don’t have as a renter. For this reason, it is important to have savings that are not used for the purchase of your home. This is a buffer that you can use for emergencies should life throw you a curveball.

Educate yourself

The home buying process has many steps and can be a bit overwhelming. For those that are new to the process, it can also be intimidating and stressful. You can reduce your stress, and empower your decision making, by learning about the home buying process. There are plenty of sources available online, like this guide to home buying from Investopedia.


Consider your options

You can shop for homes already on the market, but that isn’t your only option. You can have a home built for you too. This gives you the ability to more closely match your home with your needs, including lot location, floor plans and other options. 


Remember, buying a home is more of a marathon than a sprint. Be patient as you work through the process and try to enjoy the adventure. This will help reduce the frustration that can come with trying to work through all the steps it takes to go from day dreaming about a home to getting the keys and moving in!


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