Posted by Reyna Estrada in Home Building Industry

So, you’re thinking about buying a new home and evaluating home builders? Maybe you’re still trying to decide if a resale or a new construction home is right for you? You should be proud of yourself for investing the time to thoroughly research all your options!

While determining the best new home builders on a national scale can be subjective and may vary depending on your location, personal preferences, and specific home criteria, several builders are consistently recognized for their quality construction, customer satisfaction, innovation, and overall reputation across different regions of the United States.

Who Are the Best Home Builders?

1. Toll Brothers: Known for luxury homes and communities in various states across the country, Toll Brothers is often praised for its craftsmanship, customization options, and customer service.

2. Lennar: Lennar is one of the largest homebuilders in the U.S., offering a wide range of homes from affordable to luxury, with a focus on innovation and energy efficiency.

3. D.R. Horton: As another major player in the industry, D.R. Horton builds homes across the nation and is recognized for its quality construction and diverse home designs.

4. PulteGroup: PulteGroup includes brands like Pulte Homes, Centex, and Del Webb, offering homes that cater to a variety of lifestyles and budgets, with a strong emphasis on customer satisfaction.

5. KB Home: KB Home is known for its energy-efficient homes and personalized design options, catering to first-time buyers and move-up buyers alike.

6. Taylor Morrison: This builder is known for its focus on customer satisfaction, quality construction, and a variety of home styles ranging from entry-level to luxury homes.

7. Meritage Homes: Meritage Homes emphasizes energy-efficient construction and has received recognition for its commitment to sustainability and innovation in homebuilding.

8. David Weekley Homes: With a strong reputation for customer service and quality, David Weekley Homes offers a range of homes in various markets across the U.S.

9. Century Communities: Century Communities stands out as a premier residential home builder in the U.S., renowned for crafting diverse and high-quality homes tailored to the unique preferences of homeowners in multiple states.

10. M/I Homes: Of course we had to include ourselves in the list! M/I Homes has a deep history with a legacy rooted in quality, integrity, and unmatched service. We are honored to have steadily become one of the nation’s leading homebuilders, starting in Columbus, Ohio and now serving 17 markets across the U.S.

Exterior of a new construction home

Factors to Consider in a New Home Builder

Determining the “best” new home builders can vary greatly depending on location / school district, your specific needs in a home and neighborhood, and your personal preferences. However, these factors generally contribute to identifying top builders:

Reputation

Builders with a strong reputation for quality construction, customer service, and reliability are often considered among the best. You can assess this through customer reviews, testimonials, and industry awards.

Quality of Craftsmanship

Look for builders known for using high-quality materials and skilled craftsmanship. You can easily schedule a model tour or home walkthrough on any builders website to ask questions and see the building materials in person.

Floorplan Options

Many top builders often offer a range of home types and floorplan designs options to meet diverse buyer preferences. However, some builders specialize in low-maintenance, single-story homes, while others offer a mix of home types. Keep that in mind as you do your research!

Financing Services

Builders who have their own in-house mortgage company offer a major advantage, as they often have special rates and incentives that can lower your monthly payments. Plus, their financing packages are just as competitive as any other mortgage provider, but with the added perks of keeping all communication between builder, buyer, and lender in-house and seamless.

Innovation and Design

Builders who incorporate innovative technologies and contemporary design trends can provide homes that are both stylish and functional. Sift through some images of the model homes and available floorplans on each builders’ website to get a better feel for the design of the homes they build.

Online Buying Experience

We’re all too familiar with the frustrating feeling of navigating a poorly designed website on our phone or computer. While a website and an actual home are two very different things, a positive online home buying experience can truly make all the difference when it comes to considering the best builders.

The builders who prioritize you as the buyer stand out above the rest; and part of prioritizing the buyer is understanding that some people want to do independent research online before picking up the phone to speak with someone at the company.

Reliable Sales Teams

While you may wait awhile before taking the next step to talk with a sales team, having a reliable in-person and online sales team is crucial for a home builder. They serve as the primary form of communication between you and the company, guiding you through the inquiry and home buying process. Their expertise not only facilitates seamless transactions but also builds trust, ensuring you feel confident and satisfied with your home buying experience.

Post-Sale Support

Let’s face it—even after you move in, there will likely be some issues that arise with your new home no matter how minor or which builder you go with. Do yourself a huge favor and choose a builder with a strong team of people dedicated solely to post-sale support, addressing your warranty issues, repairs, maintenance, or other concerns after your purchase.


Buying a new home is a major decision and not one to take lightly, but you've got this. By doing your own research to compare builders, you’re already taking all the right steps.

And if you have questions along the way, you can reach out to our new construction experts, who are here to provide pressure-free support and guidance during this exciting process. Cheers to all that’s ahead for you and your family!



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Reyna Estrada
Reyna Estrada

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Reyna Estrada has been with M/I Homes since 2008. As a National Manager of Internet Sales, the team mission is to serve our customers on their online home buying journey with speed, efficiency, and world-class service. Reyna and her family have lived in North Carolina for over 20 years, and they enjoy world traveling and volunteering in the community.

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