If starting from scratch and building from the ground up appeals to you, the many outstanding homebuilders in the Greater Houston (and surrounding areas) are ready to help.
There is a wide range of choices for home sites – in new and established subdivisions, on the waterfront, on a golf course, even with a pastoral or forested setting on an acreage. A realtor can quickly narrow down your site-selection process by matching the best locations to your needs; she can also work with you to find a builder. Some specialize in green building and energy efficiency or may have advanced training from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Be sure to tour model homes to evaluate the designs, features, and workmanship of each builder. The architectural styles, floor plans, interior finishes, appliance choices and other options vary, and it’s important to begin honing your tastes and preferences. Designers can help with selecting packages and upgrades to complete a home beautifully as well as on time and on budget. Production houses can usually be finished in 90 to 120 days, and most builders have homes in varying stages of completion and can accommodate newcomers who need to move in quickly.
The Greater Houston Builders Assocation
The Greater Houston Builders Association works to “provide advocacy, education and meaningful services to benefit its members and the housing industry.” On their website you will find a list of area builders, spec builders, neighborhoods, product and service providers, as well as other consumer resources.
Tips On Building Your New Home
While building a custom home takes time and planning, the effort and wait are often worth it, especially if you work with a quality builder: you get an outstanding, distinctive home built right to your specifications. Some custom homes are one-of-a-kind. In other cases, builders work with buyers to customize rooms, adjust square footage, add details or energy-saving features. Whatever your new-home dream, it’s not too early talk to a builder. Be sure to view homes already built by the company and, if possible, speak to homeowners about their experience with the builder and the process. Interview two or more builders before signing a contract, asking how long they’ve been in business, how many homes they’ve completed and reviewing references. Once you’ve chosen the builder, review the contract carefully. You should understand if the final price is guaranteed, what the move-in date is and how upgrades or change orders are handled. Attorneys who specialize in construction are available to review contracts and their fee may save you money in the long run, helping you to avoid misunderstandings and frustration.