Between buying an existing house and building a custom home from the ground up, the latter is, without a doubt, a more daunting undertaking. After all, it requires more than just securing the financing and waiting for the paperwork to come through and get signed before you move in.
Building a custom home takes a lot of work, and the entire process may also be strewn with complications that have forced many to suspend or even cancel the whole thing.
While it’s true that building a custom home can become stressful especially if something goes wrong with the construction, it doesn’t have to be that way. Any project will go more smoothly as long as you put up certain proactive measures in advance. Here are some useful tips that can help you proceed with building your dream home more smoothly.
Choose your location wisely
Of course, you need a lot on which to build your custom house. Good for you if you already have one. If you’re still hunting for a lot, it would be great if you find one located in an area where schools, shopping districts, eating spots, and Interstate highways are accessible.
You will also need to look around the neighborhood of a lot you’re interested in and take the sizes and designs of the existing homes into consideration. That’s because your custom house has to blend nicely with the other homes in the area. Unless you want attention—favorable or otherwise—you wouldn’t want your home to be radically different from all the other houses on the block.
Most neighborhoods also have homeowner’s associations or HOAs. Find out if the area you’re planning to build on falls under the jurisdiction of one such organization and ask about their rules and regulations.
Make sure your plans are up to code
Building codes are there to provide minimum safety, health, and general welfare standards. If your construction does not pass any of the standards local authorities have set, you will be compelled to tear down everything you have built, and that means time, effort, and money down the drain.
If you don’t want to find yourself in this nightmare scenario, make sure that all of your plans for your custom home does not in any way violate local building codes.
Choose your builder carefully
For starters, hire only licensed, insured, and bonded builders to make sure you’re covered in case anything goes wrong with the project. You should also insist on seeing samples of a builder’s work. A portfolio is good, but if you can see the builder’s work in person, the better. The prospective builder should also provide references so you can ask past clients about their work.
We also recommend hiring local builders because with them, there would be no need for your project to wait for out-of-town crews before it can get going. The suppliers and subcontractors of a local builder will most likely be local as well, and that makes calling in specialists and the procurement of materials easier and quicker.
Hire an attorney
Any contract between you and your chosen builder must be thoroughly reviewed, and you may need to hire a lawyer with real estate law expertise to do that for you. That attorney will make sure that the contract is fair, that everything is in accordance with existing laws, and that the responsibilities of both parties are stated clearly, among other things.
It’s true that building a custom home is a far more complex process than simply purchasing an existing house. However, if your idea of a dream home is one that caters to your needs and fits your lifestyle in the best way possible, then there should be no question about which path you should take.
Building a custom home takes a lot of effort, patience, and in most cases, money. The result, however, makes everything worth it.
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