You’ve looked at dozens of houses that are on the market in Delaware, but you can’t find anything that’s the right fit for your family.

You thought you found the perfect house, but the neighboring properties were messy and unkempt. You looked at another property but were discouraged that the garage wasn’t large enough for your two-SUV family. Maybe you are looking for an open-concept home in a neighborhood with the best schools, but none that style exists.

Do you compromise your desires and settle for a home that doesn’t excite you? Do you purchase a home and go through a complete remodel?

Perhaps you should buy an existing home, knock it down, and build a brand-new house its place.

What about just buying an empty lot and starting fresh?

Isn’t adulting hard? There are so many decisions to make.

Any time you have difficult decisions, you should reach out to an expert for help. If you can’t decide whether to buy, renovate, raze, or build, talk with a Clever Partner Agent in Delaware. We have agents in all areas across the state who will talk you through the pros and cons of each decision.

Tearing Down an Existing Home to Build a New Home

Before you pull out your sledgehammer and start tearing down walls, there are things to consider. First, talk with a contractor to see if you can do renovations or add an addition to the home to make it into your dream home. It may be cheaper to go that route rather than starting from scratch, especially since you will have to purchase the house that you destroy.

Second, make sure you have proper clearance from the city, county, and utility companies before you start the razing process. Make sure the home is not protected for historical significance.

Finally, you will need to pay a licensed company to demolish the home and remove all the waste. The average range to have a Wilmington home with a basement removed is $8,500 to $12,500. The cost might be higher if the house was constructed with hazardous materials such as asbestos.

Buying a Lot for Construction

Maybe you don’t want to deal with the hassle of tearing down an old house to build your new home. Instead, you want to start with untouched land in Delaware and hire a custom builder to create the home of your dreams.

As you look for land, see if water, sewer, electricity, and phone connections are available. Check the zoning for the property and see if there are any special building restrictions for the area.

The price for an empty lot depends upon the location and whether or not it is a piece of property that is ready to be built upon. Obviously, the lot’s size will also be a determining factor of its cost.

The average cost to build a 2,800 square-foot home is about $153 per square foot. The national cost of new home construction is $291,522. Check out this free home cost calculator that will give you the typical range of constructing a home in a particular zip code.

Once you have made your decision on whether to renovate, raze, or construct, you will need to find the right people to do the job. How do you pick a demolition expert or builder? First, check with your Partner Agent. They will know people in the business and will be able to connect you with the company that is the right fit for your situation.

Here are some builders working in Delaware you may want to consider.

Top 10 Custom Home Builders in Delaware

Dewson Construction Company

You might want to consider working with Dewson Construction Company. This award-winning company works in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. They focus on custom homes, historic building conservation, home additions, and restorations.

Check out the breathtaking homes on their website. They also have several lots available to purchase in Greenville.

Turnstone Custom Homes

Are you looking for award-winning design and service? You may consider reaching out to Turnstone Custom Homes. They specialize in green building, handicap-accessible designs, custom and new building, energy-efficient homes, and home additions.

Turnstone builds homes in Lewes, Bethany Beach, Dagsboro, and also along the shore. Check out their designs online.

Canalfront Builders

Serving Dewey Beach, Henlopen Acres, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and Bethany, Canalfront Builders’ homes typically range from $400,000 to $1.5 million. They specialize in energy-efficient homes and green building. Check out their reviews of their latest jobs to see if they are the right fit for you.

CRx

This uniquely-named company promises to be the Cure for the Common Build. CRx serves Dewey Beach, Henlopen Acres, Lewes, Millsboro, Millville, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany, and Fenwick.

The owner has 15 years of experience in the industry and resides in Rehoboth Beach.

Select Builders, LLC

Whether you decide to renovate or build from the ground up, you may want to reach out to Select Builders for a quote. They work all over the state, including in Bethany Beach, Bishopville, Dagsboro, Dewey Beach, Fenwick Island, Frankford, and more.

Select Builders designs custom homes and energy-efficient homes, but they will also perform smaller projects for you. They will build your garage or oversee your home addition.

MIKEN Builders, Inc.

Named the Sussex County Custom Home Builder of the Year in 2016 and 2017, MIKEN works in Bethany Beach, Dagsboro, Dewey Beach, Fenwick Island, Millville, Ocean View, South Bethany, Henlopen Acres, Lewes, and Rehoboth Beach.

They specialize in Coastal Construction. In fact, they have had over 25 years of experience building at the beach.

Garrison Homes

Garrison Homes is a third-generation home building company. Find out why people have been hiring them to build custom homes in Delaware for over 75 years.

Garrison Homes specializes in designing and constructing energy-efficient homes, handicap-accessible homes, home additions and renovations, and home restorations.

Wilson Contracting, Inc.

If you are looking for a custom home builder serving Ellendale and Farmington, you should check out Wilson Contracting. They also serve Felton, Frederica, Greenwood, Harrington, Houston, Lincoln, Milford, Milton, Riverview, Slaughter Beach, and Viola.

They are a smaller company working out of Milford who will be able to focus on your project.

Schell Brothers

Located in Rehoboth Beach, the Schell Brothers offer a variety of architectural styles and price points to their customers. Their typical job costs between $300,000 to $800,000, which is much lower than many of the builders on this list. They serve the Dagsboro and Frankford areas as well as Georgetown, Harbeson, Lewes, Long Neck, Millsboro, Millville, Milton, and many more. The Schell Brothers are sure you will be happy to start fresh and build new.

Bay to Beach Builders

The logo for Bay to Beach Builders features a horse and buggy. This is because they utilize Amish craftsmen in the construction of their homes.

Their modern homes are energy-efficient and range in cost from $100,000 to $900,000.

Are you excited to build your new home? Before you sign a contract with one of these fantastic Delaware builders, reach out to a Clever Partner Agent who will work tirelessly to sell your existing home. Our agents will get a good price for your home, so you can put a healthy down payment on your new construction.