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I Want to Build a House—Where Do I Start?

“I want to build a house. But where do I start?” It’s a question we hear all the time, and it makes sense. Whether it’s your first home or your next new home, there’s plenty to consider before you build, from your budget to choosing a location, purchasing land, and more. Don’t worry. We’ve selected some of our best resources to help guide you through the process, step by step!

Determining Your Budget

You’ve already made the decision to build instead of buy, and that’s a great first step! This helps determine what will need to be in your budget. But don’t worry, building a house is often more affordable than you might think.

If settling on a budget is stressing you out, start more broadly by outlining your goals. What are the must-haves? What’s negotiable?

Your budget may evolve over time, and that’s OK. It will most likely become more detailed as you move throughout the process, meet with your bank and apply for a loan, and compare prices for contractors.

The best advice? Leaving space in your budget early on means you won’t be surprised (or unprepared) for unexpected costs later!

Land and Location

You may already own the land where you want to build your home. Or, you might be looking for the best location. Sometimes it makes sense to buy and demolish a property if the land is ideal. Just be sure to factor this into your budget!

Sometimes buying land will be done early on in the process, especially if you want to secure it from other interested buyers. Other times, it may come a little bit later, after you’ve selected a floor plan or consulted with your building company. At Carolina Custom Homes, we’re always happy to help you purchase the land that’s right for you and your home.

Not sure where to start? Check out our guide on how to buy land to build your house.


Finding the Right Builder

The best part of building your house is that you won’t be the one building it. Isn’t that a relief? Now all you have to do is find the right builders.

How Do You Want Your Home Built?

We’re not talking about style (just yet). Instead, what’s your timeline? How would you like to be quoted on costs? And what materials do you want to use for construction?

It’s ok if you’re not sure. Your building company can help you make an informed decision. At Carolina Custom Homes, we specialize in modular home construction, which saves you time and money when compared with other methods.

Want to learn more about our process? Read our blog post on Modular Homes vs Stick Built Homes.

What’s Your Style?

We have over 600 floor plans to choose from! To narrow down your top choices, browse by features (such as bedrooms, garage, etc) and price range. You can also read our guide Floor Plans: What’s the Right Choice for You?


What To Know Before You Start

At this point, you might be saying, “Yes, I want to build a house, but I still need some more time.” That’s okay! Check out our webinar, Modulars 101: Your Guide to Customization, to learn more about our home building process and customization options.


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Carolina Custom Homes

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Carolina Custom Homes of Burlington was founded with a mission to provide customers with an alternative, greener way to build. We partner with North Carolina’s top manufacturers to create both practical and luxurious designs for your home. We maintain a low operating overhead, which means that more of your money goes towards designing and building your perfect home. We provide you with high quality, custom modular homes at an unbeatable value.

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