What Do Home Developers Do for You?

Dec 29, 2022 | New Construction, Residential Construction

A New Year is upon us, and that means new projects, new developments, and new homes in your community! We here at VPC Builders are excited to see what the New Year has in store. When it comes to the creation of new homes in your community, there are more distinct professions involved in the process than you might think. If you’ve been keeping up with VPC’s ongoing blog, you’re likely familiar with some of them already. As the premier custom builders of the Carolinas and Tennessee, we’re integral to the building process from start to finish. But what you may not have guessed is that many building projects for residential communities — especially large ones — begin and end with a home developer. There’s a lot that has to happen before the building phase begins. 

Whether you’re considering a career in the construction industry or you’re simply interested in understanding the process of building a new home, it’s essential that you understand the roles of these different professionals. Let’s explore some of the differences between home development and home building and how these professionals work together to create new communities and homes.

Home Developers Versus Builders: What’s the Difference?

If the difference between home developers and home builders seems confusing, there’s a good reason for that. These two groups work together so integrally that there’s often a lot of overlap. Some contractors even dabble in both developing and building, but not all. The processes are distinct enough that many companies will focus on one process and partner with another company for the other.

So what’s the actual difference? In short, home developers are responsible for acquiring land, obtaining necessary permits and approvals, and often creating a master plan for the development. Developers often focus their efforts on communities, planning multiple builds as part of a more extensive project. Home builders, on the other hand, generally focus on the physical construction of the individual homes that will be erected in the development. 

What Home Developers Do

Home development is the process of acquiring land and obtaining necessary permits and approvals to build homes and communities on that land. It involves a lot of planning, including the layout and design of the homes and common areas. This may involve working with architects and engineers to design the homes and ensure that they meet all necessary building codes and regulations. Home developers may also be responsible for marketing and selling the homes once they are built, working with real estate agents and brokers to find buyers and negotiate sale prices. 

In addition to the technical aspects of home development, it also involves financial planning and management. Home developers must secure funding for the project and manage the budget throughout the development process. They may work with investors or financial institutions to secure funding and must be able to effectively manage the project’s finances to ensure that it stays on track and within budget. As you can see, home development is a complex and multifaceted process that requires a wide range of skills and expertise, from technical knowledge to financial management to marketing and sales.

Where Do the Home Builders Come In?

While still integrated to varying degrees with the planning process, the actual building process is focused on the physical construction of the homes, often working with a set of plans provided by the developer or an architect. Home builders are often responsible for sourcing materials, hiring subcontractors, and overseeing the construction process to ensure the project stays on schedule. They may work with a team of professionals, including electricians, plumbers, and other specialized subcontractors, to complete various aspects of the construction process.

One of the key responsibilities of home builders is ensuring that the homes they build meet all necessary building codes and regulations. This might involve working with local building inspectors to ensure that the construction meets any required technical standards. The plan often undergoes challenges and changes throughout the process, so home builders need to be skilled problem-solvers in order to keep the timeline and budget in check.

Here’s a simple way to sum it all up: it’s like the two phases of a big vacation. Home development is like the planning stage, where you figure out your dream destination, how you’ll travel there, and all the things you want to do when you arrive. Home building is the part you’ve been waiting for: taking the actual trip!

Home Developers and You

Are you considering investing in a new home in the New Year? When it comes to building your dream home, you want to make sure you have the right team in place to make it a reality. That’s where home development and home building come in. A good home developer will ensure there’s a clear plan in place and work with a team of professionals to ensure that your home is well-designed and meets all necessary regulations. A skilled home builder will be able to bring that plan to life, constructing your home with care and attention to detail. 

By partnering with VPC Builders, we can create a high-quality, well-designed home that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. If you’re looking to build your dream home, be sure to consider both home development and home building as essential parts of the process. Will 2023 be the year of your dream home? We certainly hope so!

Want to know more about the home development and building processes? Contact the experts at VPC Builders today!