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Don't Make These Custom Home Mistakes

Mon, Apr 02, 2018 at 4:30PM

Don't Make These Custom Home Mistakes

Having a custom home built is an exciting and memorable moment in the life of any homeowner. Whether you’re poised to move into your first home, are expanding to accommodate a growing family, or simply want a safe and comfortable living space in which to relax and unwind during your retirement, you can’t go wrong with a quality custom home.

Still, it’s important to realize that not all builders are created equal. You must ask many questions and cross many items off a checklist before agreeing to move forward on a planned project.

The following are common mistakes homeowners have made in the custom home building process:

Not Having a Plan and Budget

Knowing upfront what you can afford and are willing to spend sets the stage for the type of custom homes available to you. Taking a relaxed or hands-off approach will run counter to your goals.

That means you should at least have a framework idea of the type of custom home best suited to your unique wants and needs, including potential floorplans, interior design, and more. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be an entirely solo endeavor. Most custom home builders have portfolio examples and sample data you can review, which will make the decision process much easier.  

In addition, it’s wise to think about and plan for the future. Will you sell the home in the coming years? Will the structure require renovations or add-ons to meet your future needs? Planning ahead enables you to avoid unpleasant scenarios.

Cutting Corners on Price or Quality

Understanding that price is a major consideration in any purchase, it’s essential not to compromise quality for the sake of savings. As any REALTOR® will tell you, location is everything in real estate. While it may be tempting to choose a cheaper lot, the benefits of making decisions favoring a desirable location will pay off in the long run.

It’s also wise to have patience with the process. Crafting a custom home from the ground up takes time. From an adequate assessment of the site location to floorplans, design, construction, and finishing touches, it could be several months before you’re able to move in.

That stated, cutting corners, skipping steps, or pressuring contractors into hastily-performed work is a sure recipe for disaster and dissatisfaction with the final result.

Insufficient Research

While, as earlier mentioned, most custom home builders are glad to offer advice and suggestions, it’s best if you can provide at least a basic idea of what you have in mind for your custom home. This living space must fit well into your unique lifestyle and preferences.

Your custom home builder will be busy completing the many necessary steps in crafting your custom home, including the review of building plans, estimating costs and labor, securing building permits, and much more. Knowledge of what you most want out of the property will help streamline the building and completion process.

Choosing Any Homebuilder

Choosing a custom home builder isn’t an easy decision. As you take into consideration items such as cost and time, also be aware of the company’s reputation in the community.

Specializing in the Venetian Bay community of New Smyrna Beach, our friendly and knowledgeable staff are experts in all aspects of the custom home building process. Browse our online portfolio, and then contact us to get started on your own project.



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