The moment you decide to build a custom home, you have likely committed to the largest single purchase you will ever make in your life. There are obviously going to be some big expectations that come with that. Having said that, there are some “little things” that could throw a wrench into your expectations, which is what we want to avoid at all costs. So, today we are going to look at a few things we think you should keep in mind as you start down this journey to building your possible forever home.
Stress Free… Uhm, No
First, realize there are things that will pop up along the way that will add stress to the situation. To think you are going to have a build that will go 100-percent as planned is simply not realistic. We are not saying this to scare you away from a build, but there are so many variables, including labor, supply chain, and even the weather, that can throw off a build. Know this going in learn how to take things in stride because there are solutions to every problem that comes up.
Hiring the Right People
Finding the right builder is going to take time and effort on your part. Keep in mind, just because a specific builder creates and builds beautiful homes does not mean that builder is for you. You will be spending considerable time with this individual, so there does have to be some positive chemistry there as well as the builder understanding the home is your vision, not his or hers. We highly recommend you check references, meaning speak to clients in person to see how they felt about the experience.
Hire Team Early
You want your team in place as early as possible, especially the builder and, if you are going to hire one, a residential construction project manager. I would even say that it would be a good idea to have your team in place before you select a lot. It will do you no good if you have a dream home on paper but the lot you selected is not conducive to that build. Better to spend a few extra dollars to pay them to help you select the plot than to buy a plot of land that is either unusable or that will create additional costs to get it to the point it can support the build.
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