Although you may own a few houses over the course of your life, having a home built is often a once in a lifetime event. This makes the entire home building process unfamiliar, and potentially stressful. How do you go about making decisions about things as fundamental as layout and types of appliances! Usually, you just find a home you like and renovate anything you do not like. This is a lot different than being a part of what goes into the home in the first place.

Having a home built for you and your family may seem a bit overwhelming, but it is also fun! We take the stress out of the process by simplifying everything from start to finish and by focusing on keeping buyers informed. The more you understand about the home building process, the more confident, and happy you will be with your decisions.

Today we are going to talk about some shared areas of confusion people have about the home building process.

Location is the first decision

You have a lot of decisions to make when you build a house, and one of the very first is location? Determining where you want your new home to be is one of the first and most important steps. So before getting into the details of your new home, think about basics. Where do you want to spend the next five or more years? What area fits your needs now and in the near future? And if the home is where you will retire, consider what that means regarding location.

You do not have to have a lot picked out

You do not have to have a lot picked out to get started, your home builder should be able to help you find a subdivision or acreage. If you know the general location you want to build in, they can point you in the right direction to select a lot. Therefore, figuring out where you want to live is a good starting point. But that should not limit you, because your home can be put on your own acreage, too. For example, we offer lot suggestions or can build directly on acreage you already own.

Floor plans are a starting point

When you have a home built, you may be offered several types of floor plans. These usually reflect unique styles of home, from farmhouse to cottage. The floor plan you select is the starting point for your home because you can select assorted options to individualize the plan to fit your preferences. You may be able to select options such as a basement, a fireplace, number of bedrooms, porch, and patio styles. Depending on your builder, you may have additional options to consider too.

Selecting appliance packages

The appliance package is simply a set of appliances that are available for your new home. This makes it easy on home buyers because it eliminates the need to pick out a bunch of items individually. These packages typically range in cost from low to high, allowing you to customize the appliances of your home to fit your style and budget. Just makes sure that the package has quality appliances, even at the starting level. When you visit the builder’s model home, be sure to ask what appliance package is represented.

Semi-custom homes  vs custom

Custom homes require the buyer to tell the builder specifics about the home they want built. It is like starting with a blank piece of paper and filling it in with a floor plan and all the other necessary details, right down to the type of lighting and faucets. A semi-custom home provides the buyer with a nice starting point and oversees many of the details that can be overwhelming. The buyer gets to then focus on individualizing the home with features they like. This is a less stressful way to build a home, but still provides the buyer with exactly what they want from their new home.


There are many details to think about and decisions to make when you have a home built. And undoubtedly, you’ll run into things you are unsure about no matter how prepared you are. Just take your time,  do your research, visit a model home and ask your builder lots of questions. They should be more than happy to walk you through everything until you feel confident.