If you’ve been in the market for a new house, you know this – searching for a new home can be really time-consuming, quite overwhelming, and in the end very frustrating. It’s near impossible to find an existing home that has all the features your family needs. And when you do, it gets sold before you can even decide on an offer price. So, that begs a question.
Should I build a new house?
Many who are frustrated with their home search find themselves asking that very question. But, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to building a new home.
Considerations for Building a New Home
Your Building Lot – perhaps you already own a lot or maybe you’re looking for one. This is one of the first things you need to undertake as it directly influences the type and size of home you build. Depending upon where you want to build in Maryland you will find lots within existing communities, estate lots, waterfront lots and stand-alone or spot lots.
Suitable Floorplan – one of the biggest reasons people consider building is that they can build a floorplan that suits them. Some of the most requested features include:
- Open floorplans
- Large kitchen with a big island
- At least one home office (many are seeking two)
- Two family rooms for watching TV and gathering
Time to Build – once you have your permits construction will begin. In most cases a home can be built in a year or less from that date. You’ll need to plan for either a properly timed sale of your existing home or the end of a lease term on your rental.
Style and Finishes – one of the biggest benefits of building is being able to pick out all your colors, cabinetry, light fixtures, and other elements that are uniquely your style and up to date, making your home more valuable on move-in day. Plus, there’s no need to worry about trying to strip that 1970’s wallpaper and repaint.
The best way to start is to have a conversation with your Maryland builder and explore if building is right for your family. Gather your record plat (if you already own your lot), have your must-have list ready, and think about the overall style of home you want to live in. Then schedule a meeting with your builder and get a realistic and professional opinion on viability and next steps.
We’d love to have an exploratory call with you. Bring your questions and we’ll put our years of building experience to work to help you explore if building a new home is right for you.