50 Tips for Anyone Building a New Construction Home

Updated on April 6, 2016

It's always exciting to build a new construction home! Of course a process this big and expensive comes with a lot of stress and anxiety. You can help ease some of the stress of building a new construction home by simply planning ahead. Planning for a new home can take months or even years.

Most people fortunate enough to be able to build a new construction home consider it their dream home, one filled with all the bells and whistles they've seen in magazines or admired on television. To make the home building process an exciting and fulfilling experience read as much as you can and do your homework!

Spend time researching the latest building trends and materials. Talk to people in the real estate and home building industry, do extensive online research and ask lots of questions. In the end, you will be thankful you spent so much time preparing to ensure your new construction home really is a dream come true!

50 Tips For Building A New Construction Home

Whether you're building a sprawling new construction ranch home, a traditional two-story home or a cozy cottage in the woods, please take a few minutes to read through my 50 helpful tips for building a new construction home.

Check references before signing a contract to build a new construction home.
Check references before signing a contract to build a new construction home.

1. Check References From Your New Construction Home Builder

2. Hire Your Own Structural Engineer

3. Have A Professional Attorney Review The Contract

4. Fully Examine The Complete Home Builders Warranty

5. Choose Your Homesite Carefully

6. Talk To The Neighbors

7. Shop Around For Financing

8. Set A Realistic Budget

9. Make A Priority List & A Wish List

10. Ask What The Builder Includes In The Base Price

11. Ask What The Builder Charges Extra For

12. Ask What Fee The Builder Charges To Build The Home

13. Examine The Cost Estimate Line-by-Line

14. Work With A Certified Architect To Design The Floor Plan

15. Mentally Walk Through The Floor Plan (Over And Over Again)!

16. Examine The Natural Light & Window Sizes (Consider Views)

17. Understand The Property Boundaries

18. Consider A Walkout Or Lookout Basement

19. Protect Mature Or Old Growth Trees On The Property

20. Research The School District & Property Taxes

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21. Expect To Spend More

22. Take Time To Build It RIght

23. Be Flexible

24. Don't Build The Most Expensive Home In Your Neighborhood

25. Plan For Outdoor Living Space

26. Include Energy Efficient Features

27. Enhance Bedrooms With Tray Or Vaulted Ceilings

28. Position The Laundry Convenient To Bedrooms

29. Create Wide Walkways & Stairways

30. Include A Walk-In Pantry

Single-story ranch homes are gaining in popularity.

More reputable new construction home builders typically offer model homes for potential buyers to see their work. These are the ranch model homes at Henning Estates in Huntley built by Rock Creek Homes, an Illinois new home builder.
More reputable new construction home builders typically offer model homes for potential buyers to see their work. These are the ranch model homes at Henning Estates in Huntley built by Rock Creek Homes, an Illinois new home builder. | Source

31. Allow Ample Work Spaces In The Kitchen

32. Reconsider High-Maintenance Materials (Marble, Stainless, Natural Stone)

33. Whenever Possible Use Low Or Maintenance-Free Building Components

34. Price Compare & Purchase Fixtures Online (Lighting, Plumbing, Blinds)

35. Invest In Great Closet Storage Systems

36. Enhance Walls With Sconce Lighting

37. Add Ambiance With Dimmer Switches

38. Make Sure Porches Are 6' Deep Or More (For Furniture)

39. Include Outlets Outside & On Roof Line (For Holiday Lights)

40. Include Space For Your Hobbies (Craft Room, Extra Garage Space, Garden)

Tour this new construction ranch home by Rock Creek Homes.

41. Don't Skimp On The Details

42. Ceilings Should Be At Least 9 Feet High

43. Enhance The Home With Unique Trim & Moldings

44. Consider Some Extra Conduit Behind Walls For Future Electrical

45. Plan Smart For Outlet Locations (Computer, Coffee Maker, Modem, TV, Etc)

46. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate

47. Know That Adding Something Later Will Always Cost More

48. Go To Home Shows To Get Ideas & Take Pictures

49. Stay Organized With A Binder For Paperwork & Save All Correspondence

50. Remember, If Designed Right, A Great Home Doesn't Have To Be Huge

Have you built a new home? What would you add to this list?

If you have built a new construction home and would like to share tips based on your experience, please share with us in the comment section below.

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        Brad 2 months ago

        I'm building a tiny 750 square foot house with a large front porch and a screened in porch on the back. I live alone, so it's perfect for me. It's been a great experience. I do wish that I had spent some time researching the things you suggested. Fortunately, I have a wonderful contractor that looks out for my best interest and we communicate often.

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        Eduard 8 months ago

        Yes, I really like the idea of building a new home.

        I really liked the style and designs of the Brazilian houses.

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        Nawab Din Construction 10 months ago

        Nice and Helpful

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        Zaton-Taran 18 months ago from California

        This is one heck of a comprehensive post on home building! I wrote one, too, although it doesn't quite cover the topic as well as you did here. http://pinstor.us/articles/building-home-10-steps-...

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        Georgia B 19 months ago

        Thank you for compiling such a great list of tips for those building a new construction home! I especially liked that you suggested making a priority list and a wish list, separate from each other. We're getting ready for a build, and it's so easy to get caught up in imagining what could be! It's good to have a way to separate what is necessary from what would be nice to have, or just to stay realistic in your plans.


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        Brent 20 months ago

        Great tips! We're in the process of building our brand new home (our first home) in Sunny mackay, QLD. We have decided to build with a local Mackay builder www.reefproperties.com.au

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        Frank D. Walker 20 months ago

        This is a very informative list. I think people should go over these before building their building. For added info on building construction, services and design, i highly recommend this site:


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        Jim 21 months ago

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        Sarah Smith 23 months ago

        My husband and I are building our own luxury home. Thanks for the advice about making sure that the ceilings are at least 9 feet high and planning for smart outlets. I'll have to make sure that we get builders that can help us plan and design our house so that it has everything we need. http://adobehomesfl.com/french-country-collection/

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        Rose Henderson 3 years ago

        I'm really happy you have so many tips for first time home builders. This article really provides a lot of insight people people who don't know how to go about a project like this, so thank you for sharing this. I think my favorite thing on this list have to be number 9. Making a priority list is a great idea because there it is not very likely you can get every single aspect you want in your new home.


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        Candice Harding 4 years ago

        This is a great list! My neighbors lost their home in a fire a few years ago, but they recently finished their new home. It's stunning. Even though they thought they knew exactly what they wanted, they really befitted from consulting with new home construction experts to hammer out the details. They're thrilled with the cohesion of their priority list and wish list, and the whole neighborhood is a little jealous.

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        kclick 4 years ago

        Great list! I think ranch homes are very convenient and huntley is a great location.

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        iisanoe 4 years ago

        This is a Beautiful location and great construction open design Ranch homes.