Your Guide to Building a
New Construction Home

Imagine stepping into a home where everything is brand-new and fully customized to your lifestyle. When you build or buy new construction, you'll get just that—and so much more.

If you're thinking about building your own home from the ground up, we have the resources to help you get started. Take a look at some new construction listings in the Durham, Chapel Hill, Mebane and Hillsborough areas, and give us a call with any questions. We'd love to help you craft a home that's personalized just for you!

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Whether you're interested in a spec home, a custom build, or something in between, you can use our handy search tool to track down listings that meet your criteria.

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The New Construction Process

Custom-building a home is an exciting adventure, but it's easy to become overwhelmed by all the choices you'll have to make throughout the process. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you understand what building a home really entails. It's probably simpler than you might expect—and we'll always be by your side to answer any questions!

Select and meet with a builder

Choosing a builder is one of the most important decisions you'll make when constructing a home. You'll want to work with someone who has a reputation for crafting high-quality, beautiful houses that are conducive to your personal style and needs. Be sure to research a few options, read reviews, and drive through potential neighborhoods before making a commitment. We'd be happy to offer a few recommendations here in Durham and Chapel Hill!

Once you've selected the right builder, you'll typically have a preliminary meeting to discuss floorplans, your wants and needs, as well as your budget and financing.

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Walk the lot

Once you and your builder have a rough idea of what your future home will look like, it's time to choose the right lot. Be sure to bring your real estate agent with you when touring potential lots—they'll be able to provide insight on any regulations or property details that could hinder the build. Your builder will also help you identify any red flags and ensure the lot is suitable for your desired home.

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Plan your design

Building a home is a collaborative process—and once you have your lot, you'll want to meet with a few more professionals to solidify your plans. This is also when you'll order a survey, test the soil, submit applications for wells and septic tanks (if applicable), acquire financing, and review zoning.

If you have any questions for your agent or builder, now is the time to ask them! You may not be able to make any changes once your plans are set in stone. 

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Complete a survey

Your project will require a property survey to identify boundaries, locations of existing structures, setbacks, and areas of impervious coverage. A proper survey will also help your builder determine how to best grade your lot.

Review your final plans

Before construction officially begins, you'll meet with your builder and agent one last time to review the hard-lined floorplans and preliminary site plan, as well as confirm the final design. This is also when you'll discuss the type of materials (such as siding, paint, shingles, or shutters) you'll want throughout your home.

Once you've confirmed your materials, you'll get a full breakdown of what the entire project will cost. You may also get allowances for certain upgrades, like countertops, cabinets, and appliances.

Start building

Now it's time for the fun part—building your home! Depending on size and the level of customization, most home builds take around nine to eighteen months. You'll also want to factor in some extra time to acquire permits.

Be sure to visit your homesite from time to time and ask your builder for updates. You'll want to stay informed throughout the build and check to see that everything meets your specifications. If you run into any problems, your real estate agent and builder will be able to help. 

Move into your new home

After your build is complete, order a thorough home inspection to ensure everything is in working order before you move in. Your builder will also schedule a tour of your home to educate you on any important features or maintenance requirements.

Congrats—your custom-built home is finally ready! Now it's time to move in, relax, and enjoy life in your new place. 

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About Collins Design Realty

Building a home is a bit different than buying an existing one—and that means you'll want to work with a professional who's familiar with the intricacies of new construction. As one of the area's premier new construction real estate teams, Collins Design Realty has what it takes to help you navigate every step of the home-building process. Our founder, Emilee Collins, is also a member of the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties!

Looking for a top-notch local builder? We recommend Collins Design-Build, led by master builder Chad Collins. Together, we'll help you customize a home that checks all of your boxes.

Ready to Build Your Dream Home?

If you’re ready to start building your new construction home, we’re here to help! Contact Collins Design Realty today to learn more about buying, building, searching for land, and more. We’re always on-hand to answer your questions, too!

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