From picking out the perfect piece of land to watching your vision come to life to being able to slide your key into the lock and start living in a home that represents your taste, style, and needs, the process is an exciting one. The following outline will help familiarize you with the steps along the way.
Selecting the right lot to accommodate your needs is critical. You can always renovate a home, but your land is your land. Things to consider include:
Here are some more questions to ask before purchasing land.
Once you’ve locked down your homesite, it’s time to decide who’s going to build your home. You can:
It’s time to schedule your design meeting.
This is where the fun begins, since the home in your head (or in the design file you’ve been building) will soon be the home on your land. In developing the design, you’ll want to think about:
Don’t want to design your home from scratch? Your builder should have existing floorplans for you to choose from.
Once the design decisions are made, your builder will be able to price the home. Once you’re happy with it, you’ll sign your purchase agreement. Tip: If the price is beyond your budget, easy edits can often make the difference. You builder should be able to recommend material, architectural, or floorplan changes to get you where you need to be.
Now, it's time to get financing. Your land professional should be able to refer you to a lender if you don’t have one. Good news: you may be able to do a one-time close for your land loan and home mortgage, which will streamline paperwork.
Learn more about land financing.
The bulk of decisions about what your home is going should have been made during the design step, but now you get to make final finish and fixture choices for everything from countertops to flooring to kitchen and bath hardware. For many people, this is the best part of the whole process. If you’re not one of them, your builder should be able to help guide your choices or refer you to a designer who can help.
It’s almost time to start building, but first you’ll need to have your plans approved by the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). It’s the committee’s job to make sure your plans are sound and everything complies with the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) of the community. Your builder will submit for you and keep you updated on the progress.
It’s the day you’ve been waiting for! From the time the first scoop of dirt is scooped out of the ground, it will be a whirlwind of activity. You can expect several milestones:
Here's some idea for incorporating green building options into your new home.
When your house is finished, you’ll do a walk through. This is the time to inspect every inch of the house and ask questions. Once you have all the answers and all the details addressed, it's time to close.
It’s finally time to move in. The only thing left to do is enjoy your custom home!
Check out some of the community events and meet your neighbors!
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