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Do I Need Property Before Finding a Builder?

The simple answer to this question is no. In fact, it may work in your favor to not purchase land before you engage a builder. Many times your builder will be able to help you acquire land. Whether you have purchased property or not, your builder’s feedback can be helpful in accessing the viability of your home site. Your lot choice affects your home a great deal. A lot can impact your home’s orientation, square footage, as well as your home’s style. When visiting your lot, your builder may bring along an excavating professional to assist in assessing your land.

As your builder walks your home site, he or she will note the property’s directional orientation, its terrain, and proximity to roads, as well other other factors. A surveyor will be utilized to determine exact property lines, the setback of the home in accordance with the square footage, as well as the position of the home.

The soil that makes up your lot is extremely important. Before you purchase your property it may be necessary to have the soil tested. The makeup of the soil determines if a foundation can be supported and whether there are any contaminants. In addition, if your home has a septic tank a percolation test (typically called a perc test) is required to evaluate if the soil is suitable for adequate septic drainage.

Your builder can be a valuable asset in not making costly missteps. If you are thinking about building a new home where you need land, consult with your builder first. Each David James Homes Selection Center has an on-staff construction supervisor that can help you in assessing potential properties. To learn more visit to find a David James Homes Selection Center near you.

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