If you want to buy a home, you have two options. You can buy an existing home, or you can hire a home builder. For many people, hiring a builder is the right choice. However, there are a lot of people who are unfortunately scared off from hiring home builders because they've heard some untruths about the process. Is what you've heard about home builders true? Not if you've heard any of the following statements:
You need to have a home design in order to hire a builder
It is true that builders only construct homes; they don't design them. But this does not mean you have to design the home yourself before hiring a builder. You can hire an architect to do that for you. If you do not know of any, the builder you're thinking about hiring can recommend one. Also, many home builders today operate what's known as design-build shops. They have architects in-house who design the homes before they are built. If you don't have a design yet, you can just look for a company that takes this approach.
New construction homes are all mass-produced and boring
If you want a pre-manufactured home or one that's built according to a design the builder uses often, then you can go that route. Many people do choose this approach because it's more affordable and also because it gets them into a home sooner. However, there are plenty of builders who are interested in building more unique, customized homes. If you want a home that stands out from the crowd or has some specific features, a home builder can create that for you.
Building a home takes forever
Every building project is different, and there will always be some that take longer than planned because something unexpected happens along the way. But for the most part, builders are able to put up a home in around seven to eight months — sometimes less. It is common for the completion date to be pushed back a month or two if materials are hard to find or the builder has to wait for an inspection. But if you plan for this potential delay from the get-go, it should not surprise you or unhinge your plans.
Building a home does not take forever, doesn't require you to have plans beforehand, and doesn't mean you'll get a cookie-cutter house. For more truth about the process, talk to a home builder.