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    Building vs Buying a New Home: Make the Right Choice with These Top Considerations

    Are you torn between building a custom home or buying an existing property? The decision-making process for home buyers can be both exciting and daunting. Perhaps your dream home isn't on the market, or you're tired of competing with other buyers and real estate agents in an increasingly competitive housing market.

    In this article, we'll explore essential considerations to help you navigate the path to your ideal living space.

    Location and Type of Lot

    The quest for the perfect home often begins with location. Do you envision suburbia with its cozy cul-de-sacs, or does your dream include sprawling acreage and picturesque views? The type of lot you desire and your urgency to settle will significantly influence your decision-making process. You might gamble on finding your dream home on the market or proactively seek vacant land for new construction development.


    Time is crucial when choosing between building a new house and buying an existing house. Constructing a custom home involves finding the right property and the right home builder, designing plans, obtaining permits, and completing construction. Depending on the state of the real estate market, building a custom home can be more time-consuming than purchasing an existing home and pursuing upgrades and renovations. Understanding a custom home's timeline and building process is essential for managing homeowners’ expectations and planning accordingly.

    Dive into what a custom home building process includes and typical timelines in this blog post, “Home Building Checklist: Discover the Key Steps for Successful New House Construction.”

    Cost Considerations

    Determining whether it's cheaper to build or buy hinges on various factors. While an older, pre-existing home may offer a unique charm, a custom build allows for tailored design and functionality. In contrast, an older home will have its challenges and will likely require significant home renovations to make it your dream home.

    The cost of building a new home requires a higher down payment with lenders and may entail higher upfront interest rates on construction loans compared to traditional mortgages. Additionally, the construction costs associated with landscaping, maintenance costs, and temporary housing during construction should be factored into your financial considerations.

    Read more about unexpected costs factors that could increase the cost of building a custom home in this article, “Discover the Top 6 Factors That Influence the Cost of Custom Home Construction.”


    Benefits of Building Custom vs. Buying

    One of the most significant advantages of a custom new build is the ability to create a living space that aligns perfectly with your preferences and family's lifestyle. From personalized floor plans and choice of building materials to specific amenities and energy-efficient selections, building custom offers unparalleled customization options. Whether it's ensuring each child has their own bathroom or designing a space that meets unique needs, the freedom of customization is a compelling reason to consider building a custom home from the ground up.

    Dream Big for Your Dream Home

    Whether you choose to build a new construction home or buy an existing home that’s move-in-ready with plans for a future remodel, selecting the right design-build partner is paramount. Partnering with professionals who understand your vision and can guide you through the process is key to making informed decisions and a successful outcome. Begin by envisioning your dream home—if it's already on the market, great! If not, building custom offers the opportunity to bring your vision to life, tailored to your exact specifications.

    The bottom line is that choosing between building and buying a home is deeply personal and depends on your preferences, timeline, and budget. By carefully weighing these considerations and working with the right professionals, you can embark on a journey toward homeownership with confidence and clarity.

    To learn more about the journey of building a custom home perfectly tailored to you, download our eBook, “How to Find the Perfect Custom Home Builder: A Guide to Creating Your Dream Home”.


    Pete Baughman

    About Pete Baughman

    Home renovation and custom home building have been a part of my life since birth. My great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all Carpenters. It was only natural for me to be drawn to it as well. I worked as a Carpenter and Project lead helping him create and produce many extraordinary projects. My experiences have varied from Carpenter, Lead Carpenter, Project Manager, Production Manager, Project Developer, and Sales Manager. I started with Better Builders in 2011 and, in 2019, became an owner.