Home Builders in Ankeny
Building a home is a big investment, and picking the right home builder for your specific needs may be the most important decision you make along the way. Below, we’ve compiled a list of builders we work with and recommend. Before we get to that, though, let’s talk a bit about a few things to keep in mind as you start your search.
What to Look for in a Home Builder
Before selecting a homebuilder, there are a few factors you should keep in mind. Here are some recommended steps to help you find the right home builder for your new home:
Consider What Kind of House You Want
If you’re starting from scratch, you’re going to need to give your builder quite a bit input, even if you’re picking from pre-build models.
Of course, you’ll want to have a good idea of what you want from the basics: the number of stories, bedrooms, bathrooms. But put some thought into some of the other things a builder might ask you about:
• Do you want an open layout or separated rooms?
• Is it important to you to have high-end finishings?
• Do you need space for laundry, an office, or a play area?
• Do you want a basement and should it be finished?
• Do you need a garage?
These are just a few big calls you’ll have to make. Of course, during the process of building a home, you’ll have to make a hundred more little decisions. It’d be crazy to think you could have a complete plan before talking to your builder.
We’re just saying it’s a good idea to have a good idea of what you want before you get the ball rolling.
Research Home Builders in Your Area
At the risk of being obvious, we’re helping you with this step right now. But it’s still important to do your own research. Anytime you work with any builder, it’s good to talk to referrals to see what others’ experiences have been. Most reputable builders, like those on the list below, will be able to give you some good customer referrals.
You can also take the temperature of reviews online. Aside from Google’s own reviews, you can also look at forums and see what a builder’s rating is on the Better Business Bureau.
Aside from reviews and reputation, though, you’ll want to research builders just to see what they offer and if it jives with what you want. Some builders may build houses in a certain style or offer a floorplan you’re looking for.
Prepare a List of Interview Questions
Arrange a time to consult with your final prospective home builders. Since you are making such a large investment, don’t be afraid to ask questions about stuff like:
• Total costs and less obvious costs
• Land and lots (if part of the package)
• The processes and timeframes
• Floor plans and models
• Levels of customization
The important thing is having a solid list of questions at the ready, especially if you’re “interviewing” multiple builders to find a good fit.
Ask to See Homes They’ve Built
It can be extremely useful to see what other developments or homes your potential home builder has constructed. When you visit homes constructed by the home builder, look carefully at the cabinetry, paint, and carpentry. Also, be sure you ask the builder’s staff any lingering questions you may have about the custom home builder.
How We Can Help You Find Builders in Ankeny
There are many ways we can assist clients with the process of building a custom home, such as negotiating, assessing, purchasing, and locating a home site.
It’s important to follow the availability of a lot closely, as that can help you get the exact style of home you’re looking for.
Depending on its location, the price of a lot can vary. Make sure you consider price versus location carefully.
Then there’s the type of lot, which can affect the kind of home you can build. Lot types can vary between standard, daylight or walkout.
Standard lots are flat, include egress windows in the lower level basement, and offer access to your backyard from the main level.
Daylight lots are a balance between walkout and standard lots with full windows in the basement, but no access to the backyard.
Finally, walkout lots offer full windows in the basement to brighten the lower level and full access to the backyard.
Make sure the lot’s location provides a level of privacy you are comfortable with. Also, carefully measure the size of each lot you are considering and see how your construction plans match the lot’s size for aesthetic appeal.
Featured Ankeny Home Builders
Dreamscape Homes is a custom home builder located in Des Moines, Iowa. They construct homes that are 1.5-story, multi-level, ranch, and 2-story sized homes that start in the $500,000 range.
Remington Homes specializes in custom homes in the areas of Altoona, Ankeny, and Polk City, Iowa. The company constructs ranch and 2-story sized homes. Their price range can vary between $250,000 to almost $500,000, depending on the specifications of their particular clients.
Orton Homes constructs custom homes ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 in Adel, Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Clive, Des Moines, Granger, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Marshalltown, Norwalk, Pella, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, State Center, Urbandale, Waukee, and West Des Moines.
Classic Builders Iowa
Classic Builders Iowa builds custom homes 2-story and ranch homes starting from $240,000 in Ankeny, Altoona, Ames, Bondurant, Des Moines, Eagle Grove, Ft. Dodge, Grimes, Norwalk, Polk City, West Des Moines, and Waukee.
Happe Homes builds custom ranch and 2-story homes in Ames and Des Moines typically ranging from $165,000 to $576,000.
Drake Homes constructs custom homes in the Des Moines Metro Area. The 2-story and ranch homes that Drake Homes builds have prices ranging from $415,000 to $550,000.
Dr. Horton Homes
Dr. Horton Homes owns several custom home brands such as Express Homes, Emerald Homes, and Freedom Homes, which operate in 41 of the 50 top markets in the U.S. including the greater Des Moines Metro Area. Dr. Horton Homes vary in price between $200,000 to upwards of $500,000 in price.
Caliber Homes specializes in custom home building, land development, and family construction in the Des Moines Metro Area. Caliber Homes are typically 2-story or 1.5-story with prices between $380,000 to $570,000.
Destiny Homes build ranch and 2-story homes in the Des Moines Metro Area with prices starting in the low $200,000’s. The company is most popular for their SMART Homes, offering more affordable and high-tech options to families.
We Can Help
You should think carefully before deciding which custom home builder to use for your new home. By interviewing your custom home builders, getting referrals, and seeing the home builder’s prior projects, you can get an idea if they’re the right fit for your upcoming home.
Having assistance looking for the right lot can save you a great deal of time and money. If you are looking for a lot in Iowa and would like more information about lots available in your area, please reach out to us here.