What is a “scattered site builder”?

We at Piedmont Personal Builders specialize in “scattered site building”  When I joined the company, I had five years experience in Real Estate and in particular, selling new construction. I had never heard the term before.

Not wanting to sound ignorant, I nodded my head and acted like I knew what it meant when I interviewed. OK, “scattered site builder”.  maybe they throw darts at a map and build where they land.  Maybe they throw little Monopoly houses on a map and that’s where they build.  No, that can’t be it.  I know, they write down addresses, put them in a hat and take turns choosing.  No?  Well, this was really a long shot, but maybe they fill a pinata with addresses and all the employees take a whack at it.  Where they land, they build.  At least that one sounded like fun.

Boy was I surprised when I found out what it meant.  They build on prospective buyer’s lots, scattered throughout Central North Carolina.  Duh!

Now, after three years as the sales manager at PPB, I realize “scattered site” or “on your lot” is truly a unique way to market a builder.  It certainly has it’s pluses and minuses, but for the most part, we stand out from the other local “custom builders”.  One thing is for certain.  There is almost no way to accelerate a sale.  The land owners are ready to build “when their stars are aligned”.  It’s also not unusual to have a one, or even two year sales cycle.  Man, that takes patience.

If you have a client who wants to build, and is looking for land, we can help.  We offer a no cost, no obligation “land evaluation”.  This gives your client a builders perspective on the land.  Where should the home be sited and in which direction?  Which side should the garage be on and where should the driveway come in?  Where is the most likely site for the well, or for the septic field?  Does the slope really suit a walk-out basement?  Is there going to be a drainage issue , or even a flooding issue?  As you can see, there are many questions to ask and we are skilled at answering those questions.  We have helped many agents sell land.  Yes, we have recommended against purchasing a piece of property now and then.  But in the end the agent and client were happy because they found the right land for their home.


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