How establishing open dialogue with your homebuilder can help you land your dream home.

Building a new home will likely be the biggest investment of your life – and perhaps among life’s most daunting experiences.

But it need not be so.

By opening the lines of communication with your homebuilder and establishing transparent and honest two-way dialogue, you can cultivate a healthy relationship that more seamlessly turns your dream home from vision into reality.

    It helps when your homebuilder knows your current status

      With information on your current living arrangement and where you are in the buying process, builders can share the most appropriate information. If you’re just starting your home search, for example, that lends itself to a more educational and informative discussion than if you’ve been looking at model homes for the last year and are nearing a decision.

    It helps when your homebuilder knows your budget

      Understandably, you may want to hold your financial situation close to the vest. Sharing some general budget parameters, however, helps the homebuilder introduce suitable homes in the most efficient way possible and bring the most relevant information to the table sooner rather than later.

    It helps when your homebuilder knows your timeline

      Sharing any factors affecting your timeline allows the homebuilder to craft a thoughtful game plan that works to your benefit. For instance, if you’re relocating to the area and in need of a home ASAP, the builder can point out ready-to-move-in homes. On the other hand, if you’re in your current lease for another 11 months, the builder can detail ways the building process might be stretched out to best accommodate your needs.

    It helps when your homebuilder knows your must-have features

      Whether it’s second-floor laundry or a first-floor master suite, a flex room or finished basement, a focused discussion about your must-have features and design style will help a homebuilder suggest applicable models. This conversation can also help the homebuilder introduce ways existing home plans can be modified to meet your desires.

    It helps when your homebuilder knows your lifestyle needs

      Sharing information about your lifestyle needs and work situation can help the homebuilder better pinpoint solutions. If you work from home, for instance, builders can share ways a private home office can be incorporated into different floor plans. If a home member has mobility issues, then the homebuilder can identify modifications to improve accessibility, comfort, and safety.

    It helps when your homebuilder knows your accessibility

      Sharing details about your daily accessibility, such as if you work nights or will be traveling out of the country for a month, will help the homebuilder contact you at the most convenient times and expedite decision-making. Without this, you might miss out on a desired lot or encounter construction delays.

    Create a productive working relationship

      As much as you want to know about a prospective homebuilder – the firm’s track record, its floor plans, its standard features, and so on – sharing some important information with your homebuilder can spark a more straightforward, stress-free, and seamless experience that delivers the home you desire.