Things to Consider When Buying a New Build Home

Buying a new build home has many advantages. For one, you don’t have to negotiate with the previous homeowner who has an emotional tie to the home. You can also customize finishes and paint colors and add extra storage. Plus, you get to move into a neighborhood where everyone is new.


On the other hand, building a new home is not for everyone. There are some things you should consider before signing on the dotted line, er, tapping on the DocuSign.


Research the Neighborhood


It’s not uncommon for a new community to be built in an up-and-coming area. There’s no more confusing feeling than loving your home but disliking your community. This is uncommon, but if you’re looking for particular amenities or features, getting a feel for the area is to your advantage. If you’re not familiar with the neighborhood, do your research.


  • Drive around the neighborhoods you’re interested in.
  • Get out and walk around your favorite neighborhoods. You’ll be surprised how different the houses look by foot.
  • Talk to homeowners if you run into any.
  • Check out the community amenities.
  • Go to the neighborhood grocery store.


Know What You Want


Once you start picking out finishes and paint colors, the whole process can get overwhelming. Our best advice is to take your time building what you love. Don’t rush into choosing your lot. Carefully observe potential paint colors to make sure you get it right. Think about how your current house functions for your family. What would you change in your next house? The best part about a new build is that it’s a blank canvas, but it’s important to know what you want.


  • Tour several model homes to get a feel for what you like.
  • Think about what upgrades you might want to purchase.
  • Decide if extra storage is important to you.
  • Write out your wish list.


Community Logistics


Before making a big home purchase, gather more than enough information to make an informed decision. There are some logistical details you should know that may not jump out to you on a model home tour.


  • Know if there are HOA fees. If so, what are the rules and regulations of the HOA? Are there penalties?
  • Will there be construction going on in the neighborhood after you move in?
  • Check to see if cable is offered in your neighborhood. You’ll have to call the cable company to do so.  
  • If there is any empty land nearby, imagine or ask what might be built there. Visit the city planner’s office if you want more information.


At Porchlight Homes, we craft vibrant new home communities with the personal care of family. We bring your dream home to life with thoughtful craftsmanship and a genuine touch. For more information about our communities, reach out to us online or stop by for a tour.