A common question when considering building a new custom home is should I buy the land first or choose my builder and then buy the land?
There really isn’t a correct answer to this question but a builder can help you determine if the land you are considering accommodates your new home vision. Let us consider your options and see if we can help you decide what is right for you.
Buying Land Before Hiring a Custom Home Builder
If you are lucky enough to find a lot that is absolutely perfect in every way and has everything you were hoping for but you are not yet ready to build, you could secure your lot first. Make sure to read your contract carefully to determine if you are able to choose your own builder. When you are ready to build, you want to make sure you have the flexibility and control over your plans and budget.
If you purchase your lot first, you can bring your own custom home builder to the site to walk the land when you are ready to build. Your builder will then be able to incorporate ideas that fit your lot during your initial house plan meeting that you might not have thought of.
Hiring a Custom Home Builder Before You Buy Your Lot
If you choose to hire your builder before selecting your lot, it can save you not only time but money. Many custom home builders can assist you in locating the ideal lot for your custom home build or already have lots available where they have configured improvement costs. This can help to take some of the guesswork out of how much building a custom home will cost you and give you better control over the overall cost of the project.
In addition, they can determine whether the lot is even buildable for the type of home you are considering. Let me give you an example. Since you were a child you have envisioned living in a home where you can open your wall of sliding glass doors and walk directly out to the pool area. If you lot does not have the right conditions, you may have to add a staircase to get to your pool area and be disappointed before you even break ground on your new dream home.
At Arthur Rutenberg Homes, we are an on your lot builder. Whether you currently own land or would like us to help you find the perfect site so you are not disappointed later, our team is prepared to help you every step of the way. We welcome the opportunity to meet you personally to learn more about how our building process can make your custom home your perfect forever home.