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50 Tips for Anyone Building a New Construction Home

It’s always exciting to build a new construction home! Of course a process this big and expensive comes with a lot of stress and anxiety. You can help ease some of the stress of building a new construction home by simply planning ahead. Planning for a new home can take months or even years.

Most people fortunate enough to be able to build a new construction home consider it their dream home, one filled with all the bells and whistles they’ve seen in magazines or admired on television. To make the home building process an exciting and fulfilling experience read as much as you can and do your homework!

Spend time researching the latest building trends and materials. Talk to people in the real estate and home building industry, do extensive online research and ask lots of questions. In the end, you will be thankful you spent so much time preparing to ensure your new construction home really is a dream come true!

50 Tips For Building A New Construction Home

Whether you’re building a sprawling new construction ranch home, a traditional two-story home or a cozy cottage in the woods, please take a few minutes to read through my 50 helpful tips for building a new construction home.

Check references before signing a contract to build a new construction home.
Check references before signing a contract to build a new construction home.

1. Check References From Your New Construction Home Builder

2. Hire Your Own Structural Engineer

3. Have A Professional Attorney Review The Contract

4. Fully Examine The Complete Home Builders Warranty

5. Choose Your Homesite Carefully

6. Talk To The Neighbors

7. Shop Around For Financing

8. Set A Realistic Budget

9. Make A Priority List & A Wish List

10. Ask What The Builder Includes In The Base Price

11. Ask What The Builder Charges Extra For

12. Ask What Fee The Builder Charges To Build The Home

13. Examine The Cost Estimate Line-by-Line

14. Work With A Certified Architect To Design The Floor Plan

15. Mentally Walk Through The Floor Plan (Over And Over Again)!

16. Examine The Natural Light & Window Sizes (Consider Views)

17. Understand The Property Boundaries

18. Consider A Walkout Or Lookout Basement

19. Protect Mature Or Old Growth Trees On The Property

20. Research The School District & Property Taxes

 21. Expect To Spend More

22. Take Time To Build It RIght

23. Be Flexible

24. Don’t Build The Most Expensive Home In Your Neighborhood

25. Plan For Outdoor Living Space

26. Include Energy Efficient Features

27. Enhance Bedrooms With Tray Or Vaulted Ceilings

28. Position The Laundry Convenient To Bedrooms

29. Create Wide Walkways & Stairways

30. Include A Walk-In Pantry

Single-story ranch homes are gaining in popularity.

More reputable new construction home builders typically offer model homes for potential buyers to see their work. These are the ranch model homes at Henning Estates in Huntley built by Rock Creek Homes, an Illinois new home builder.
More reputable new construction home builders typically offer model homes for potential buyers to see their work. These are the ranch model homes at Henning Estates in Huntley built by Rock Creek Homes, an Illinois new home builder. | Source

31. Allow Ample Work Spaces In The Kitchen

32. Reconsider High-Maintenance Materials (Marble, Stainless, Natural Stone)

33. Whenever Possible Use Low Or Maintenance-Free Building Components

34. Price Compare & Purchase Fixtures Online (Lighting, Plumbing, Blinds)

35. Invest In Great Closet Storage Systems

36. Enhance Walls With Sconce Lighting

37. Add Ambiance With Dimmer Switches

38. Make Sure Porches Are 6′ Deep Or More (For Furniture)

39. Include Outlets Outside & On Roof Line (For Holiday Lights)

40. Include Space For Your Hobbies (Craft Room, Extra Garage Space, Garden)

Tour this new construction ranch home by Rock Creek Homes.

41. Don’t Skimp On The Details

42. Ceilings Should Be At Least 9 Feet High

43. Enhance The Home With Unique Trim & Moldings

44. Consider Some Extra Conduit Behind Walls For Future Electrical

45. Plan Smart For Outlet Locations (Computer, Coffee Maker, Modem, TV, Etc)

46. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate

47. Know That Adding Something Later Will Always Cost More

48. Go To Home Shows To Get Ideas & Take Pictures

49. Stay Organized With A Binder For Paperwork & Save All Correspondence

50. Remember, If Designed Right, A Great Home Doesn’t Have To Be Huge

Have you built a new home? What would you add to this list?

If you have built a new construction home and would like to share tips based on your experience, please share with us in the comment section below.

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2 thoughts on “50 Tips for Anyone Building a New Construction Home”
  1. This is some really good information about new construction homes. I like that you pointed out that you should make sure that the ceilings are at least 9 feet tall. That seems like a good way to not feel like you are living in a dungeon. I like the idea of having a newly built home because there would be nothing you need to do. I would hate to have to do any remodel work while living in a home.

  2. I’m hoping to build my dream home. Thanks for the advice about how you should expect to spend more. Another thing to consider is to get a home builder that is licensed.

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