by David Weekley Homes
Finding a home that suits your family's lifestyle can be one of the most challenging aspects of buying a new home. Many times, a consumer will find the floorplan of their dreams only to discover that the neighborhood it's being built in doesn't appeal to them. Fortunately, builders are beginning to offer these homebuyers another option.
Build on Your Lot programs are becoming increasingly popular with homebuyers. In 2000, 4.3 percent of David Weekley Homes new home sales were a result of the Build on Your Lot program - a 23 percent increase from 1999.
"Homebuyers want the flexibility of choosing where they live. Sometimes, this means that the neighborhoods a builder currently builds in may not be a good fit, regardless of how much the consumer likes the floorplan and the builder," said David Weekley, chairman of David Weekley Homes. "In these situations, we encourage prospective homebuyers to consider our Build on Your Lot program so they can have the best of both worlds - a floorplan they love in a area they want to live in."
In addition to the flexibility of where your home is located, having a builder build a home on your lot comes with other advantages as well. It's likely that your builder has relationships with interior designers, contractors, mortgage companies, real estate agents and other businesses that could be of service to you. These contacts could make the homebuilding process less strenuous for you and your family. Also, many builders have design centers or model homes, making it possible for prospective buyers to walk through an example of the floorplan before putting any money down.
As more builders begin to offer Build on Your Lot programs, consumers should take time to screen companies before making a final decision. A builder should have a solid reputation within the market and experience with building homes outside of planned communities. Although you may save a little money by going with a less experienced builder, you may not have the resources available to you that a more experienced Home Builder provides.
If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind floorplan, choosing an independent architect to design your home may be a viable option. Using an architect works best if you have a large budget or unusual lot size. Make sure your architect has experience working with Home Builders and understands the specifications that must be included in the floorplans in order to receive accurate bids.
Buying a home is an exciting step for any family and there are more options than ever for consumers. Doing your homework and taking the time to decide on a floorplan and location that works best for your family will help ensure many happy years ahead in your new home.
Houston-based David Weekley Homes, Texas' largest, privately owned, single-family Home Builder, as well as the third largest, privately owned Home Builder in the U.S., is engaged in the design, construction, marketing and sales of single-family detached homes. David Weekley Homes currently builds in in 18 markets across the nation, including Atlanta, Austin, Bluffton/Hilton Head, Charleston, Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Fort Myers, Houston, Jacksonville, Orlando, Palm Coast, Panama City, Phoenix, Port Charlotte, Raleigh, San Antonio and Tampa. For more information about David Weekley Homes, visit the company's Web site at www.davidweekleyhomes.com.