Should I Buy Land Before Hiring my Custom Home Builder?

by Ian Phillips

“Should I buy the land first, or hire a builder and then buy the land?” This is a common question prospective custom home buyers ask when looking to build their new home. The answer is not as black and white as one might think; this article will help you decide what is right for you and your family when looking to build your new custom home.

Sometimes custom home buyers find a lot of land that they know is perfect for them and their needs. The lot has everything they have ever wanted, but for whatever reason, they are not entirely ready to build on the land yet so they purchase the land with the dream of building on it one day.

Even if you are not financially prepared to build today, you will benefit from being able to bring a custom home builder to the site to walk the land and offer design ideas that fit your lot. Further down the line, your builder will be able to incorporate critical aspects of the lot into your home design when designing your initial house plans.

However, more often than not, it is more cost effective if you choose to hire your builder before purchasing your lot. Home builders can assist you in locating the ideal lot for your custom home build, making sure your dream home plans and the purchased lot are harmonious with each other. Another advantage is home builders often already have lots available where they have configured improvement costs allowing them to give you one final price for building on that lot. This can take some of the guesswork out of how much building a custom home will cost you.

Whether you decide to buy land in advance or wait to meet with the custom home builder, Michael Torrey, before selecting a lot, our team at Avalon Construction Corp is prepared to help you every step of the way.

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