Whether you’re in Dallas or Fort Worth, there’s a sea of lots available to build your custom home on. Let’s talk about some different ways to find your location and, once you hone in on a target, decide if it’s able to suit your needs.
The first step to finding an area to buy a property is obviously look online for new home construction listings.
This is pretty basic stuff right off the bat. Check whatever North Texas area you have in mind to buy your ideal luxury home in and really do your homework here.
For example, the Southlake, Westover Hills, Benbrook, and White Settlement areas are ideal starting locations if big lot/minimum 2 acre homes are your thing, but if you’re looking for more of a upscale mini mansion though, you’d be doing yourself a huge favor my researching the Highland Park, University Park and Preston Hollow areas in Dallas.
Secondly, how about good old fashion driving around. Drive around neighborhoods in DFW – both of interest and those unknown to you – and check out the amenities and the size of the lots and neighboring homes available.
You should drive around to developments near the areas you’re targeting to see what new homes are going for, price wise, because this type of first-hand information helps your decision on how much you can expect to realistically spend on your new home.
After you’ve done a handful of days worth of research – say, for example, if you get started at the end of a weekday period, it’ll only take two, probably three well planned and well organized weekends to get this over and done with right.
Walk around the communities that interest you and ask for opinions on the location and while you’re at it ask for custom home builder recommendations. Ask home owners about their experiences and candid opinions.
This is the best way of knowing what to expect when looking for your new home. These are the individuals who are going to help you know what to expect in this whole drawn out process, so be sure you’re talking to as many community members as possible. Getting as many first-hand experiences and opinions here is vital, because doing this is doing you a service so that you can have as few gray areas as possible when getting this ball rolling.
Another tip is to go to model open houses. Be sure to keep a journal in hand and take photos.
You may also want to check with a developer about potential homeowners’ association (HOA) guidelines and fees; some are extremely expensive — and strict, to boot.
Similarly, find out about local zoning ordinances and regulations are important considerations when choosing your location. Zoning laws dictate many important business decisions that can affect you here such as purchasing property or making improvements to your existing property, so it is important to know the laws before you dive into anything full on, financially, in this case. You can find out how property is zoned in such locations by reaching out to a local planning agency.
Yet another pit stop should be the city planner’s office to see what’s in store for a particular location. Here is the site for Dallas County’s Planning and Development: http://www.dallascounty.org/department/plandev/plandev_index.php
It’s always good to know what may or may not be in your area’s plans right away or in its horizons, for that matter. Certain opportunities down the road business-wise might make your area even more of an ideal spot for you. It’s always recommended to ask questions concerning this to your local city planner. They have the blue prints to every potential comings and goings in the areas you are looking into.
Furthermore, if you have the budget, consider hiring a custom home builder consultant or related agent to help you out with the restrictive details. This will give you an idea of what could be in the works in your area so that no unexpected surprises come your way.
If this all seems daunting to you (there are so many options), you can always reverse engineer the process and visit several custom home builders that you like from their website and ask them to show you where they build.
At this point, you’re probably chomping at the bit to get started. Here are some criteria to find the best custom home builder in Dallas.