Building a house is a complex task, and there are many builders capable of doing a good job on that task. Developing land is another thing, and it's not a skill that every builder possesses. Honestly, it's not a skill the vast majority of builders possess. But more and more builders are advertising that they will build on your land because the number of available neighborhood lots is rapidly shrinking.
You have a vision of your dream home being built on the land you dream of living on. And you only get one shot to build on that perfect piece of land for your dream.
That's why it's so important to find a builder who understands all the important details of developing land. Here's a list of what a home builder who promises to build on your land should know:
A friend of mine hired an Oklahoma builder he knew from church who said he was willing to build on my friend's land. The guy was a good builder with a good reputation.
However, when my friend met him at the land, the builder started to lay out the house without first finding out about any easements, drainage patterns, or flood plains that might be present.
My friend got a bad feeling about that and started asking some questions and doing some of his own research. He discovered that if he'd allowed the builder to clear the land where he had intended, the house would have been too close to a pipeline easement, which would have been a disaster.
My friend caught the mistake early, but the builder's lack of experience with rural land could have created a situation that neither he nor my friend could afford to fix.
That may sound like an extreme example, but it can easily happen when a builder isn't familiar with rural land and the extra details involved to prepare the site and get it ready to build. Be sure to ask plenty of questions of any prospective builder to be sure they have the necessary experience to build on your land.
A home builder for 18 years, Tim is the "son" in Turner & Son Homes. He is the CEO of the company and partners with his dad, Ben, who has been building since 1964.
The current home on our property has been in existence for over 80 years. We love our property, and made our decision to build our new house there. Turner and Son was the first company we considered and we didn't have to look any further.
The Wells family
March 9, 2016