Recognize your personalization options (and costs)
The following personalization choices are available in most new build homes:
Once you've decided the level, you're comfortable with, be sure you understand what's included and what's not. Then get it down on paper. If the quartz counters and hardwoods you adored in the model come with a hefty price tag, you'll be disappointed.
Keep track of new construction schedules.
Aside from the cost, timing is an important consideration when picking customization options (or whether to go with new construction at all). Because of weather, vendor worrying and waiting for procedures such as to permit clearances, the timing for building a home can be unpredictable.
The faster the procedure should run, the further the home is in the construction process when you buy it (whether it's semi-custom or on-spec, for example). Building a home takes three to seven months on average, depending on size, but it's not uncommon for it to take a year closely if there are any delays.
If you're thinking about building a new construction home, pick a design that complements your current living environment. Building from the ground up can be suitable for you if you're willing to be flexible enough to allow for a long—and perhaps unpredictable—lead time. A semi-custom or built-on-spec home may be a better option if not.