Camberly Featured Photo Courtesy of The Jim Allen Group
When choosing new home construction, there’s a good chance that you’re investing in something that has the potential to be a part of your future for many years to come. Depending on both the reputation of the builder and the quality of the homes they build, there are many questions to ask before you make that decision. Think of shopping for a new home builder just as carefully as you would for your new home. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of spectacular home builders right here in the Raleigh-Durham area. From Chapel Hill to Wake Forest, you’ll be sure to find the builder you’ve always wanted to partner with right here in the Triangle.
Whether you’re considering a townhome, a house in a neighborhood, a single-family house in a master-planned community, or even a custom built home, pay attention to the following advice:
Know what type of home you want. Builders such as Lennar Homes, Beazer Homes, and Meritage Homes are great builders for those who specialize in “spec” homes using popular floor plans often found in booming real estate markets or neighborhoods. If you’re searching for something with upfront pricing, these are several builders who might be great options. Some neighborhoods you can check out today are Copley Farms in Durham by Lennar Homes, Arcadia West by Meritage Homes, and Hampton Place by Beazer Homes.
Copley Farms; Photo Courtesy of Lennar
If you’re seeking more customization and personalization, custom home builders are a great option if you’re willing to pay a bit more. This could look like a popular builder with a custom design department, or a small builder who only constructs 20 homes a year. The possibilities are endless. If you’re set on a top-of-the-line Bluetooth fridge or heated floors, a custom builder might be your best bet. In the Triangle area, you can find a variety of custom home builders in Camberly or consider Preston Development as another option.
Your local home builders’ association is a great resource as a starting point to get a list of those who build in your area. Both the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County and the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties are two local entities with plenty of information to get you started with your search.
Hampton Place; Photo courtesy of Beazer Homes
Don’t forget to do your homework. Have a list of questions that you’d like answered on hand. If a builder is legitimate, there should be no problem answering even your toughest questions. See this list of questions you might not have thought of.
Finally, check out model homes when you can. Plenty of builders all over the Triangle have gorgeous, decorated models that are ready for viewing. Take the family on a tour on a Saturday to see how you could potentially use the space, as model homes are usually completely furnished. You’ll also get a feel for the quality of the building materials used.
No matter what, the Triangle has plenty of phenomenal builders waiting to work with you. You can see our entire list here for resources and communities you might be interested in. Happy home builder shopping!
By Kendra Stowe