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  • Writer's pictureAmrita Hemdev, CMO at Green Bay Remodeling and Development

4 Key Questions to Ask When Buying New Home Construction

Buying new construction is a distinct process from buying your quintessential pre-built home. At Green Bay Remodeling and Development, we work to change the overwhelming new construction process into an efficient one by using the right set of tools, cutting-edge technologies, well-regulated processes, and effective project management.

What's included and what's not in a new construction process needs to be clarified before the process begins. It is essential to be well-prepared – and that means asking the right questions.

What are the basics to check on a vacant lot?

Before you assess the vacant lot based on your desired home requirements, take note of the basics first:

Size: Aside from any intentions for using your lot, the first thing to look at is width and depth. A narrow lot is going to limit the architecture of the home. If you already have a home design in mind, the lot's width and depth are essential to check. Your architect will assist with this as part of their services.

Accessibility: Access to the site can impact construction itself — increasing labor and equipment costs.

Utilities: It's best if a lot has been previously developed. This means that it's already been serviced by utility companies. New services can be expensive and take a fair amount of work and time to apply for, engineer, and get approved.

Also, identify other factors like:

  • Trees

  • Height Restrictions

  • HOA's

  • Local Ordinances

  • Flood + Hazard Zones

How important is site design, and what goes into it?

Your architect is responsible for both site planning — the site's layout (how the building is situated and other site features) and the home's design. Good site planning is the foresight to know what can fit — what's comfortable and functional. How much space do you need on any of the sides — front, side yard, back? How do you see your life-changing over time? Does the lot provide that flexibility?

Do you take existing trees and vegetation into consideration when preparing a lot? How will these affect the future house?

Existing trees can also impact your design if you're considering changing the lot's elevation — lowering or raising the grade. Trees need to be protected during construction. The equipment, materials, and traffic — trucks, cars, workers — can compact the roots. Trees should also be washed down to remove dirt that accumulates. Someone needs to be retained to take responsibility for the trees — watering and checking in on their health. Construction is stressful on trees. If another planting is being saved, a temporary irrigation system should be established and a gardener retained to maintain it.

What components contribute to the pre-construction and lot preparation cost?

The components that are required and costs that may be incurred to obtain a permit for a home, as well as to provide the documents/information needed to build a house include the following:

  • Plan check and permit fees

  • Soils Report

  • Survey

  • Grading Plan

  • Architectural Plans

  • Structural Plans

  • Energy Calculations — depending on the municipality

  • Other engineered systems like HVAC, plumbing, electrical

  • Utility fees

  • Insurance policies

  • Taxes and developer fees

  • HOA fees

  • Designer fees

  • The school district and additional municipal fees


This should provide some insight into lot assessment to fully understand what goes into this process before buying a new home construction.

When you're ready, our CEO, who is an experienced builder, is here to help you navigate it. Learn more about residential construction here. has ranked Green Bay Remodeling on #108 as the top 5000 companies in California. We help homeowners like you build their dreams every day. You have questions about choosing your future contractor. We have answers. Get in touch with us to know how Green Bay Remodeling can help you make your dream project a success.


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