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What You Really Need to Know About Custom Home Builders

 

 

What You Really Need to Know About Custom Home Builders

 

Have you ever sat in your dining room and thought, “I’d really love to have a skylight, right there.”

Do you sometimes wish that your home had a little more elbow room when you bought it?

Or maybe, what if you had given yourself more time to search for the perfect home?
When you decide to get your next home, you could consider the possibility of using a custom home builder. What is really special about custom homes, is that they are nothing like these mass produced cookie cutter houses that you see nearly everywhere.

With a custom home you can have your own unique style. You can be as picky as you like as far as the layouts and sizes of your rooms go, as well as being able to choose between several other amenities not offered in generic, normal housing. A custom built home will give you full control over the materials, layout, appliances, height of your home, and you won’t have to spend years searching for the perfect house, it’ll be built to your exact specifications.

Choosing a Custom Home Builder

The first and generally most important concern when choosing a builder is usually your budget.

When you make that decision as to how much you intend to spend, and what you’d be willing to compromise, change, or give up to stay in within that budget. You’ll be much better able to relate this information to your contractor, and in turn he’ll have a much better grasp of what he’ll be working with, and what plans may have to be altered or changed.

Doing your homework is a big step in finding the best realtor you can. Online reviews are always a goldmine of information, as well as the Better Business Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce, friends and family, etc… To find a builder that can be trusted with such a large and important project.

Ask to have a sit down one on one meeting, and have him sketch a few of his ideas to see how they relate to yours. Always make sure you check his references and that he is licensed, bonded and has the correct insurance before you agree to start a project with them.

It’s also important that your new contractor learns your style. You can show him what you like by bringing magazine pictures, photos, samples of fabric, download some media from the internet and show him on your Smartphone or tablet. The more he knows your style and what you want, the better this experience will be for you.

Go over all of the legal matters with him in detail. As the builder and contractor, he should be handling all of the building permits, unless you decide together that you’d like to handle them yourself. Keep the lines of communication open with your contractor. He should have all of your contact information. This is especially important if there are delays, added costs, or he just needs to get a hold of you immediately.

Finally, put a timeline plan together. Ask your builder to give you a calendar with milestones on how long each phase will take. This will directly relate to how long you’ll need to wait, until your new home is finished. If you need to rent storage space to keep your possessions safe, you’ll want to take that into account as well.

 

 

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