Building a new home can be confusing and frustrating. What do I need to do first? Where do I go? Who do I contact to get the job done right? The following is a general checklist to get you started:

  • Determine the land on which to build your new home on.
  • Obtain a pre-approval from your lender at AbbyBank. The pre-approval process will determine the total amount you can afford for the project including land, building and landscaping. Remember to allow extra funds for non-budgeted expenses such as overruns, missed deadlines, construction upgrades, and landscaping.

Tips to find the right financial institution

Green Check MarkTalk to family and friends for recommendations.
Green Check MarkFind a bank with a strong history within the community.
Green Check MarkWork with a lender that you are comfortable with and who services the loan locally for any future question that may arise.
Green Check MarkMake sure the construction loan allows at least 4-6 draws during the building process.
Green Check MarkEnsure the construction loan charges interest only on the disbursements (draws).

  • Meet with builder to discuss home layout, building products, home style and pricing.
  • Agree on home design and house plans with your builder. This process may take a couple of changes to the home design and construction specs.
  • Arrange financing on the construction process. Once you have an acceptable bid from your builder, bring your bid, plans and land information to your lender to complete the construction financing phase. At this point, discuss the mortgage loan options.
  • Determine placement of home and land preparation before the project start date.
  • During the building process stay in contact with the builder on project decisions and payment process. Go to the site and check out the progress frequently.
  • Discuss landscaping options, find a professional, do the job yourself or wait a year to save for the job.
  • Close your construction loan and finalize your mortgage.
  • Move in and decorate! 
Our construction checklist and pre-closing checklist are available as PDFs below to print off for your reference.

If you have questions, please contact one of our Mortgage Loan Officers.