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.