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Frequently Asked Questions About Home Building

 Mar 02, 2021


Whether you are searching for a new home or building a home from the scratch, lots of planning and research need to be done before finalizing your decision. Undoubtedly, the first step is finalizing if you want to build or buy a home. Once you have decided to build a home, the next step is selecting a building partner who will support you through your home-building journey. 

Finding a builder who values your vision is as important as all the other steps in your home-building process. The design and building team would be your pillar of support, planning and assisting you through the different stages of the custom home building process. 

Before you find your home-building partner, you would have to meet with different builders. When you meet with builders, it is important to ask the right questions to determine who fits. 

To make this screening easier for you, we’ve listed some of the frequently asked questions about home building to help you understand what to expect.

1. What is a custom-home-building process?

Ensure that the builder shares your vision. Most reputed builders take the time to get to know their people better to build the perfect home for them.Your builder will encourage you to bring photographs, samples, swatches, or anything that would help to communicate your ideas better. These ideas will help them to understand your vision, gathering inspiration, making it easier for them to flesh out floor plans, amenities, and more. 

Once the design team is done with all the groundwork and ready to start building, your builder will collaborate closely with you at each phase of the building process to fulfill your requirements.

2. Do you have your own lots or do I have to find my own lot?

Most reputed builders have lots throughout the Omaha area. You can reach out to their team for further details on the available lots. Your builder will find you the perfect lot in the community of your choice. If there is a particular lot you’d like, some builders will custom build your dream home there. 

3. How much would it cost to build a new home?

Various factors determine the costs and it may vary based on the method of construction, design, materials, and others. The way a builder customizes your new home plays a huge difference in the cost. The average cost for building a home in the Omaha area ranges from US$233,000 to US$345,000. 

4. How long would it take to build a new home?

Some builders take six months to complete building a new home, while some might take more than a year to complete. Again, the time frame depends on varying factors if you are looking to build a home with multiple custom features. You can expect delays as Nebraska weather is quite unpredictable. 

Research the company’s reputation. In the past, have they always finished their jobs on time and within the budget?

5. How many years of experience do you have?

While you are researching the company’s reputation, this is one point that you should not miss to check. Find out how long your builder has been building custom homes. This would give you a clearer picture of whether your builder would be able to build the home of your dreams.

You can ask your builder a range of questions to find out more about their experience in building custom homes. 

6. How often does the builder visit the job site?

Another important question to ask your builder. It is very important to understand how frequently they inspect the job site to ensure that your home is in safe hands.

7. How do I make my selections?

Most builders will schedule selection appointments with their vendors. You can request 3D renderings, envisioning your dream home.

8. Has anything ever gone wrong or what is the worse that could go wrong during the construction?

A lot of things could go wrong during the construction process. You might not get a straight answer to this question. However, you could conduct some research in the background and find out more.

9. Is your builder licensed by the Nebraska Department of Labor?

Verify if your builder is licensed by the Nebraska Department of labor before finalizing the deal.

10. Can I check your portfolio?

Request your builder to show their portfolio to understand their capabilities and skills. 

11. Is there a warranty?

Do not miss to ask this question. Find out what are the categories covered under the warranty.

12. Do I have to hire an interior designer?

Some builders will connect you with industry experts to coordinate fixtures and finishes to envision your dream. If not, you will have to look for options.

A reputed builder will finish the job successfully and help you close the paperwork before handing over the keys to your dream home. If you’re looking for home builders in Omaha, reach out to us.

Legacy Homes Nebraska is your partner at every step of designing and building your custom home in Omaha.