Custom Home Building: Do I Need to Purchase Land Before Hiring a Builder?

When you’re considering building a custom home, just knowing how to get the whole process started can seem like a daunting and confusing task. One question that you may have is whether you need to purchase your land prior to hiring a residential home builder. 

Unless you really have your heart set on a certain piece of property, there really is no right or wrong answer to this question. While showing the land to a potential custom home builder can help them see your vision, they can also help you determine if a potential piece of land would be suitable for a certain home plan. Let’s look at how each option can best suit your needs.

Purchasing Land First

Sometimes you simply find a piece of land and instantly envision your new custom home on it. If you purchase your land first, you’re able to bring your home builders to the site to walk it when you are ready to build. As the homeowner, this will allow you to incorporate critical aspects of the lot into your custom home design. Your custom builder may be able to offer design choices you’ve never considered during these initial planning meetings.

If you’ve already purchased a lot or you have family land you want to build on, ask a builder to come by and inspect the property. A qualified home construction company can help you locate the best part of your lot for building.

Hiring a Builder First

Sometimes it is more cost effective in the custom built home process to choose your builder before you choose your lot. Many local residential builders can help you locate the ideal lot. They may also have lots available where they’ve already thought about improvement costs, which will allow them to give you one final building estimate. Building on a lot of land with the assistance of a builder can often take away some of the guesswork in the custom home building process.

Building a custom home is stressful enough without worrying about the process of acquiring the right piece of land. But with the right information and a good home builder on your side, you will be able to have your custom home. 

If you choose to hire a builder first, ask them to accompany you to potential properties and have them inspect the property for you. They’ll have questions you might not think to ask and they’ll know what to look for when choosing a quality piece of land.

Whether you buy land in advance or wait to meet with a custom home builder before selecting a lot, our team at Vesta Homes, LLC is prepared to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more about how our custom home building process works and other important considerations as you hunt for the ideal lot for the home of your dreams.