What's the Difference Between a Developer and a Builder?

Moving to a new home means that you are in the exciting process of choosing a location, the style, the amount of bedroom and more to suit your family’s needs.

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What's the Difference Between a Developer and a Builder?

Posted by MARK Z. on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 1:06pm.

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Moving to a new home means that you are in the exciting process of choosing a location, the style, the amount of bedroom and more to suit your family’s needs. Planned communities are great because you’ll have neighbors to interact with and you’ll be able to learn what the community is like before settling in.

You can also choose a neighborhood that is near attractions, schools and other city amenities that are important to you. You may be researching online and seeing builders and developers mentioned but you’re not sure what the difference is. Here is a look at what they mean.

Builder’s Role in the Community

Homebuilders are the ones that are actually building and constructing homes. Homebuilders will setup a model home to showcase floor plans and styles in new communities for potential buyers. The home buyer will meet with the builder to see what their options are for floor plans, interior and exterior styles and upgrades. The purchased home style will then become reality thanks to the builder’s contractor and work crew.

Developer’s Role

The developer is the actual company the purchased the land and began development. A commercial developer would buy the land that they want commercial property to be built on while a residential developer is going to buy land where homes and planned communities are intended to be built.

Developers have responsibilities including surveying the land, clearing vegetation, zoning and planning for lots and home positions. They’ll stake out driveway beds, create streets, sidewalks and streetlights. They’ll also create boundaries, install water lines and sewers.

Developers must install landscaping, electrical lines and sometimes they’ll create amenities like parks, clubhouses and pathways. After development, lots are sold to buyers in phases and a homebuilder comes in to build the home the homebuyer purchased.

Builders and developers have different roles in home building that works with one another to make a home happen.

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