• Amrita 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.