Posted on: 10 May 2018
Having a custom home built is perhaps one of the most exciting events of a lifetime, especially if it's your first one. However, amidst all the anticipation and enthusiasm are some very crucial considerations you and your contractor need to address.
1. Is This the Home You Want?
While structural changes can be made on paper, they're more difficult to tackle once construction is underway, making it very important that you know what you want ahead of time and draw up blueprints with a degree of finality. The contract you sign will apply to a certain structure of a particular size; thus, altering the plans means major changes to the entire process, including the price and particulars of the contract. Once your blueprints are final, sleep on the plans for a few nights, at the least, to be sure this is the home you want and it will meet all your needs.
2. What Upgrades Can You Perform After Completion?
Depending on your budget and other factors, you might want to reserve some additions, upgrades and other alterations (to the home) for after construction. For example, you might be able to add your own plumbing fixtures and paint, which could save you a lot of money in the long run and also make the home feel more like you're own, since you participated in the building of it. Landscaping, too, could be something you set aside to do yourself, once the construction crew has packed up and left.
3. What Are Your Builder Allowances?
Some contractors offer consumers the opportunity to take advantage of allowances for goods and materials the consumer provides, such as storm windows, doors or appliances. If you have a good connection with a company that provides new materials you could use in your custom home, ask your contractor about an allowance. Allowances are usually included right in the final contract and could end up saving you a lot of money, if the circumstances are right. Allowances are for items the builder would have brought to the site anyway, not for improved or upgraded items and each contractor will have their own set of rules for this aspect of the contract and construction.
4. What's Your Budget?
Building a custom home usually begins with a budget; however, much of the time, the budget is expanded along the way, accounting for unforeseen expenses and/or improvements and changes you opt for after construction has begun. If you're on a strict budget, inform your contractor of this, so they can make you aware of what will and won't cost extra as the project moves along. Formulating a solid plan and sticking with it is the best way to stay on target with your budget.
5. When Will Your Home Be Complete?
Outside of the contractor's own hectic schedule, other factors can affect when your custom home will be finished, such as weather, availability of supplies and workers and obtaining the permits necessary to move forward. The time frame your contractor gives you will probably be a rough estimate, so don't plan on moving in on an exact date; rather, give the construction crew at least a couple of weeks leeway.
6. Where Will You Locate All Your Important Rooms?
Although you think your kitchen might be nice toward the back of the home, most people prefer it closer to the main point of entry. This is a matter of convenience for many, but different rooms have different reasons to be located in one area over another. The kitchen, laundry room, garage, bedrooms and bathrooms should be well thought out before you finalize plans for their locations.
7. Which Rooms Will You Actually Use?
Building your own home may mean having a lot more freedom, but be careful not to over do it with unnecessary rooms you're not likely to ever use. Spare bedrooms, workout rooms and other designated areas might sound nice, yet aren't very practical if they're not going to get the use that warrants their expense.
8. Which HVAC System Is Right for Your Home?
Unfortunately, if your HVAC system isn't carefully planned, your beautiful new home could develop issues with mold, not to mention fail to provide the comfort you need from season-to-season and room-to-room. Take the experience and knowledge of your construction team to task when planning the HVAC system and ask them how you can operate it most efficiently, in consideration of things like sunlight, tree shade and other outside influences.
9. Where & How Will You Incorporate Natural Lighting?
No matter what your design style or personal preferences, the windows in your custom home should be large and plentiful. Natural lighting is one of the best assets of any house, making it more aesthetically pleasing and helping to keep it cozier in the cold weather. If you can't get an abundance of windows, plan on a lot of lights, strategically placed throughout the home. Also, while you're discussing electrical options with the contractor, ask about the number of outlets you'll have, too, as many homeowners underestimate this need.
10. What Will the Final Resale Viability Be After All Your Customization?
While you're probably not thinking of selling your new home anytime soon, if there's a possibility that could happen in the future, limit the customization you undertake, to avoid difficulty finding a buyer. If the house is too "you", then potential buyers aren't going to be able to picture themselves and their families in the home or just might not be able to relate to the unique features and qualities.
Your custom home should, ultimately, be your castle and it will be. Begin the process today by contacting services such as Genuine Home Builders Inc.Share