What to Expect in the Home Building Process

Once you decide to build a custom home, it’s time to turn your attention to the building process. It may sound complex at first, but once you know what to expect everything will come together.

Here are the 5 most basic steps of the home building process:

Step 1: Initial Consultation

During this step, you discuss a variety of details with your builder, including but not limited to:

  • Style
  • Features
  • Location
  • Pricing options
  • What to expect during the build

If you have any questions, now’s a good time to discuss them with your builder.

Step 2: Choose a Building Site

Some people have a building site in mind before meeting with a builder. Others, however, are still comparing their options.

Work with your builder to compare multiple sites and narrow down your options, all with the idea of choosing the one that’s perfect for you, your budget, and the home you want to build.

Just the same as buying a home, location is extremely important when building.

Step 3: Review Architectural Drawings

This is when your design comes to life, as you’re able to review 2-dimensional drawings of the property.

It’s here that you’ll make note of what you do and don’t like, allowing you to make any last minute changes before pushing forward.

Step 4: Design Decisions

For many people, this is the most exciting part of the process. It’s when you answer questions such as:

  • What type of flooring do you want?
  • What features and amenities do you want in your kitchen?
  • Are there any minor changes to the layout?

Be sure to discuss each and every interior and exterior element, as you don’t want to overlook something that’s important to you.

Step 5: Construction

At this point, you can sit back and watch your home being built from the ground up.

Stay in touch with your builder during this step, as they may have questions for you to answer or small decisions for you to make.


Once these five steps are out of the way, you’ll review the final product with your builder, finish off the financial side of the transaction, and move in!