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.