Your Guide to Building a New Construction Home this Spring

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Spring Into Action: Your Step-by-Step Guide to BUILDING A NEW CONSTRUCTION HOME 

For many of us in the PNW, spring is when projects and ideas come to life after a long winter of planning. There’s a certain energy in the air, not to mention warmer, drier days that make it the ideal time to embark on the journey of building your dream home. This sweet spot also means the spring housing and construction markets are busy. The sooner you get the leg work done, the sooner you can break ground. While it can feel daunting to go from vision to reality, the hardest part of any project is getting started - don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

Here's a simple yet effective step-by-step guide to help you navigate getting a head start on building your new construction home this spring!

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1.    Get Pre-Approved for Financing

Before diving into the world of home construction, it's crucial to know your budget and secure financing. Start by consulting with one of our preferred lenders to get pre-approved for a mortgage. This one may seem obvious, but having a clear understanding of the numbers and expertise on your side will do wonders to streamline the process once construction begins so you can focus on bigger, creative aspects and leave managing logistics to the pros.


2.    Research Where You Want to Live

You've heard it before - location, location, location. Consider factors such as proximity to amenities, school districts, commute times, and overall neighborhood vibe. What does your ideal day-to-day look like? What are the compromises that intuitively feel best? Take the time to explore different neighborhoods, visit model homes, talk to the community, and get a feel for the atmosphere that feels like a best fit.



3.    Create a Home Wish List

Sit down with your family or partner and create a comprehensive wish list for your new home. All of Holt’s homes and floor plans are designed with modern living in mind, the question is which is right for you and yours? Write it all out, literally. This is how you’ll discover your true priorities, the ones that inspired your decision to choose a new construction in the first place. Think about your lifestyle, preferences, and must-have features. Consider how you realistically use the space - aspects such as layout, architectural style, and special amenities (enter the gourmet kitchen or private office space) are all helpful here. This list is the roadmap for designing your dream home, so don’t forget to have fun with it!


4.    Selecting a Homesite

Once you've identified your preferred location, it's time to choose the perfect homesite for your new home. When you choose a Holt home, you’ll work with one of our Community Sales Consultants to scout available options for your chosen model. Consider factors like orientation, topography, and views. Keep in mind that spring is busy for real estate, so purchasing a homesite early in the season will give you ample time for your build team to finalize plans before breaking ground as the weather warms up.


5.    Design & Planning

With a floor plan chosen and a homesite secured, it's time to bring your vision to life through personalization. With Holt, you get the best of both worlds - an optimized, time-tested foundation and layout with the ability to personalize your house to make it your home. Take note of what materials and appliances you like in other spaces, whether it’s your friend’s floors or that one Pinterest bathroom. Holt Homes has designated design center partners to make your vision come to life through custom consultations covering everything from color schemes to countertops. These seemingly small details count! The more the home itself feels like you, the easier it is to bring in furniture and interior design that ensures the final product reflects your unique style.

6.    Breaking Ground

As the days grow longer and the weather becomes more favorable, it's time for your build team to get going! Spring is an ideal time for construction to start, as the milder weather allows for faster progress and fewer weather-related delays. It can be easy to focus on the end goal after all your planning but don’t forget to enjoy the journey. Holt offers weekly updates on the progress of the home so you can stay involved in the process. Get ready to watch your dream home take shape before your eyes

Choosing a new construction home is a significant undertaking, but with careful planning and preparation, it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. With Holt, you’ve got a team of dedicated experts on your side to make the process as seamless as possible. By taking the necessary steps this spring, you’ll ensure a smooth, successful, even enjoyable process that ends with home sweet home.

Ready to explore more? Visit us at Holt Homes and discover how our homes can adapt to your life’s plan, not just today, but for years to come.



About Holt Homes

For more than three decades, Holt Homes has built new construction homes for families in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The quality and experience of our people, the ease and efficiency of our approach, and the livability of our communities works hand-in-hand to make Holt Homes the largest locally-grown home builder in the region. For more information, live chat or call us at (971) 231-5560.

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