Know Before Building a Home

Posted by Josh Uminski on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 9:02am.    1353 Views

Five Things to Know Before Building a Home

1. Should You Use a Realtor?
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Yes. In central Ohio it is common practice that the home builder will pay the agents commission, so you will still be getting theirservice for free (check with the agent to make sure). While the builder representative may be honest and very trustworthy, they do represent the company building your home. A real estate agent is going to represent you, and negotiate everything on your side of the transaction on your behalf.

2. Where Do You Want to Build?

Do you own a plot of land you want to build your dream home on, or do you want a lot in a new development? This will influence your answer to number 3, as not all home builders will build on individually owned land.

3. What Type of Builder Do You Want, or Need?

There are two types of home builders, custom builder's and production builder's. The difference between each is explained below. On my "Builders" page on I have a list of each major builder located in central Ohio that will take you directly to their website.

  • Custom builder's construct a one-of-a-kind home. They may build them on a single lot owned by a developer, or some will even build on the land you own. Most custom builders will work with on every detail of your new home such as the floor plans and the design. If you want to have a say in the build from start to finish, then you may want to consider a custom builder.
  • A production builder will build a number of homes based on a library of home plans. Most of the time, these plans are limited to a particuliar development(s). While most production builder's have started to get away from the practice, this is where the term "cookie cutter home" comes from...meaning all the homes look similar on the outside, and the floor plans are all the same on the inside. Generally, after choosing a floor plan, you will be able to personalize your home in key elements.... such as appliances, cabinets, countertops, flooring, etc. Each builder will typically have a list of "upgrades" that you can choose from.

4. Know Your Budget

It's very easy to get carried away when you see that the "upgrade" only costs a little more. A few upgrades later and the "little more" has now become a lot more. See how much the upgrades would cost if you would have a contractor come in and do the upgrade afterward. Or, maybe you can set aside a few projects to tackle yourself and save some money.

5. Build With Resale in Mind

While you're building your dream home, it's okay to put elements in the design that you like. However, in this day and age people rarely live in one home for a lifetime. Keep in mind that you may have to resell the home sometime in the future. It would be wise not to put some "out of the box" feature that only a certain personality would enjoy.

Josh Uminski - Your Realtor for Columbus and Central Ohio Real Estate

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty   330-639-5662

2 Responses to "Know Before Building a Home"

Edwena wrote: josh, is there some place where you can check on a builder's reputation and capability (other than angie's list) and also check out their certifications? How would you go about selecting a builder? do you need a realtor if you're going to build, or? T\thanks in advance

Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 4:54pm.

Josh Uminski wrote: Edwena, my first piece of advice would be to contact a local real estate professional. A good agent will be able to answer all of the questions you asked in regards to specific builder's in your area. The best part about it, you'll be getting their service for free, as the builder will pay their commission. It's kind of like using a very good lawyer for court, but not having to pay them....would you turn that down?! While the quality of the home that's going to be built is the main factor in a builder's reputation, a REALTOR is going to know the "in's and out's" of how specific builder's treat you, how timely they are in the construction process, and so forth.

Where are you looking at, or thinking about possibly building, Edwena? If it's outside of central Ohio I'd love to connect you with an agent that I know you could trust and would take very good care of you. I have agent contacts all throughout the country, so please feel free to call or message me if you feel more cell: 330-639-5662 & email:

Posted on Sunday, April 12th, 2015 at 12:11pm.

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