Your Step-by-Step Guide to Buying A New Construction Home

Updated June 19, 2020

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It’s not just a vision for tomorrow: Sustainable 9 Design + Build creates homes for tomorrow today, reflected in its enduring commitment to green, high performance, energy-efficient homes that are stunningly designed and custom-built.

Starting a new construction project can seem frightening at first, there’s a lot that goes into building a new home, and undergoing a construction project.

At Sustainable 9, we never want you to feel ill-informed when it comes to starting a construction project. Instead, you should feel excited that you’re starting a process that will lead to you having the home of your dreams.

In the spirit of new homes and excitement about embarking on this journey, we’re providing you with this step-by-step guide on what to expect in buying a new construction home.

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Getting Started

When it comes to getting started on your home, there are multiple places you can start.  You can work with a real estate agent to find a newly built house, work with home builders to build a new house, or purchase a used home and remodel it.

The possibilities for how you can make arrangements for your living situation are truly endless. But no matter what you choose, the first thing you’ll need to decide on is the location of where you want to live.

Choosing a Location

There are plenty of factors that go into choosing where you might want to live. It could be affordable real estate, your job, children’s school, city-wide accommodations, or neighborhoods. No matter what it is that causes you to choose to live in a specific location, the important part is that you enjoy where you live. Buying a new construction home takes some level of commitment, and while it’s not wrong to move but after you’ve put in so much work, you’ll probably want to keep living in that beautiful new dream home.

Designing Your New Home

Buying a new construction home from a builder is different than a custom-built home. You might get to decide a few things like the color of paint or the style of the floors when purchasing an already built or model home. But, when you choose to work with a custom home builder, you’ll have the ability to make the home whatever you want.

Before meeting with your home builder or designer of choice, it’s important to come up with some good inspiration. Whether that inspiration comes in the form of pictures, ideas, or videos of other homes, be sure that you’re able to articulate what you want. Here are a few examples of homes based on common styles: Modern farmhousecontemporarymodern. On our website, you’ll be able to find plenty of resources to help you get started on dreaming up your home, including our gallery of completed homes. Check out this blog post about modern home builders for more info about dreaming up a home.

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What to Expect During Construction

After you’ve come to decision on designing your home, the next step is starting the construction of it. Depending on the size of your home and the features that you’ve decided on your construction project could last anywhere from 4-10 months. Some builders can work faster than others, but it’s important to note that you should want your builder to do their very best work possible and not rush through the project.

Watching and waiting for your new home to be completed can be frustrating as it often might seem like time can’t move fast enough. But, in reality, there is a lot you can do while you’re waiting for your home. Here’s a quick list:

  • Declutter and start packing.
  • Sell your current home.
  • Furniture and appliance shopping.
  • Research a moving company to help you.
  • Make changes to your address at the post office.
  • Change your driver’s license and other legal documents.
  • Make sure that everything is going smoothly with your mortgage.
  • Check in on your home insurance.

Final Steps

Some of the final steps of your construction project will include looking over the home after it’s been completed, moving in, and enjoying your dream home. While you should have complete trust in your builder to get the job done right, it is important that you check in on your house after it’s been completed. New construction projects and home construction, in general, should always be something that you feel 100% confident about before moving in.

We’ll always walk with you as you view your completed project. And if by chance, you find anything that might have been missed or not completed in the way that you wanted it to, we’ll be sure to take a look and fix it for you so that you’re completely satisfied.

Choosing a Builder

While choosing a builder definitely isn’t the last step in the process, we know that it can be one of the more stress-filled steps. This can be mostly caused by a fear of the project not being completed to the desired quality or spending more than you intended. Buying new whether that’s new construction or not, is a big deal and can be very expensive.

At Sustainable 9, we focus on building you a home that is environmentally friendly and worth every penny that you invest into it. When it comes to building a home that is going to save you money because of the sustainability practices we use, there isn’t a better builder in the market. Reach out to us today if you’re ready to start your building project or read some of the reviews that we’ve received over the years.


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