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Building A Custom Home? Follow These Tips For First-Timers

Are you having a home custom-built for the first time? If so, you are not alone. Many people who have homes custom-built have never done so before, and as such, it is common for them to be a bit uncertain about the process and how to proceed. You'll find that the process goes more smoothly — and that you are happier with the end result — if you follow the tips offered here.

Hire a design-build company, if possible.

Before the builders can start working, you will need plans for the home. These plans typically need to be drawn by a licensed architect. You could have an architect draw the plans and then take them to a builder, but this process tends to be time-consuming, and there may be disagreements between the builder and the designer. It's usually easier to hire one company that both designs and builds the home. This way, the designers and builders can communicate with each other seamlessly, and your project will generally move along faster. These companies are known as design-build companies, and they're becoming quite easy to find as many customers prefer this approach.

Choose land before you design the home.

Find a piece of land you like, and then finalize your home design. You may change your design preferences based on the specific plot of land you end up with. For instance, if you buy land that is hilly, you may want a split-level built into the hill. If you have land with a great view of a lake, you may want a picture window. You can have ideas before you buy land, but don't finalize anything until you buy a lot.

Set a budget from the start.

You may have friends who have had homes built and who have gone over budget. This is common, but it is not unavoidable. If you set a budget from day one and share that budget with your design and building teams, then the professionals working for you can make recommendations that are within your budget. Keep in mind that costs often rise when you start upgrading finishes, such as flooring and counters. To stay within a smaller budget, you may need to go with less expensive finishes.

With the tips above, the process of having a custom home built should go more smoothly for you. Talk to a design-build company in your area to learn more. For more information, contact a custom home builder near you.