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Choosing a Homesite – What You Need to Consider

Street in new housing development Pond Creek

Choosing where to build your new home is among the first and most important things you need to do in your new home construction journey.  Many people feel it appropriate to seek and find their home site on their own or with a Realtor®.  While this is not a bad way to begin, before you sign on the dotted line to purchase the parcel, you really need to have your builder conduct a site visit.  There are so many variables related to a home site that will impact the total cost of your new home.  These costs may be completely acceptable to you, or they may come as a surprise.  Either way, informed decisions are always preferable to uninformed decisions.  One of the saddest things that we witness as builders is having a client come to us, all excited about building their dream home, and not realizing that they cannot afford every selection they had been dreaming of due to extensive site work they did not figure in to their new home project budget, or worse, they can’t afford to build on that site at all.  Another dismal situation is obtaining your home site, then bringing your dream home plans into the builder only to find out that because of setbacks or septic placement issues, your dream home will not fit on the lot you just purchased.

When you are looking for builders in the Poconos, be sure to bring them into your home site search before you buy.  Conscientious Pocono builders will work with your Realtor® to find you the perfect home site that will accommodate your house plan and come at a budget that is not a surprise to you.

RGB Custom Home Builders is one of those conscientious Pocono builders.  We will conduct site visits for you on any home site you are considering buying free of charge.  We will help you understand the topography of the home site and possible implications such as fill dirt, blasting, local zoning requirements, POA restrictions or requirements and the list goes on.  So bring your builder into the process early.  We hope you choose RGB Custom Home Builder for your new Pocono home!  We would love to add you to the list of our many happy customers who have made us a builder to believe in!

Custom home front exterior with tan siding, dark green shake and pillared entrance


We wanted to tell you that we enjoy our new home more each day.  We know of others who are not nearly as satisfied with their builders, and we wanted to share some observations about building with RGB that our friends find remarkable.

When you have an environmentally sensitive piece of property and Joe Seagraves meets with you every other Sunday for a year to make sure the design makes maximum use of the views and is exactly what you want (and still complies with environmental code), before you write a single check, you realize that you were correct in deciding to work with RGB.  When you struggle with colors and Joe Brown makes recommendations that everyone subsequently finds cozy and correct, you appreciate the talent and care at RGB.  When the workmanship by Joe DiBenedetto, the custom cabinet maker, is clear to everyone, and he takes pains to reconfirm the design and makes sure it is done right and it fits beautifully, you appreciate the workmen RGB uses.  When Mary calls because she is worried that your paperwork for the warranty isn’t completed and reminds you to get it in, you appreciate the diligent staff at RGB.  When people admire the house and ask who built it, and then describe the nightmare they had with their builder, you are glad you chose RGB.  When Phil knocks at the door because Joe told him that there was still an issue with some trim, and they were waiting for the weather to get warmer, and you didn’t even know there was a problem, you are thankful you chose RGB.  And when the house wins awards for best design in new construction by the Pocono Builders Association, you again know why you chose RGB.

For these and many more reasons we recommend RGB to anyone considering construction in the Poconos, and we invite you to share this letter of recommendation to others who are still struggling with their decision.

….appreciative of the RGB’s diligence, honesty and quality and thankful we chose RGB.

— James & Joan Griffen