When you decide that it’s time to move in, or build, your dream home, it’s a very exciting time. Picturing yourself growing old there, maybe with a significant other, grandkids, or man’s best friend, it’s a big task. With so many things to consider, building your custom dream home can quickly turn from exciting to exhausting. We are here to provide you with a few tips in our expert custom home builder opinion, on how to make building your dream home easier! After all, this should be fun, not frustrating.
Seems simple enough, yes? Here’s the thing; so many people have an insane Pinterest board full of ideas but don’t understand the cost associated with their idea. For example, if you pin your dream shower and it has a tile floor, tile walls, a bench, multiple showerheads, and a glass door, that shower cost is going to start at $9,700.00. So keep in mind when you’re pinning your ideas to keep a practical idea of how much you want to spend and what items are worth the splurge. Pinterest is great for ideas, but it’s not always the most affordable and realistic option.
Another part of thinking through your ideas is to put a lot of thought into your floor plan. Here at A&E, we have floor plans to inspire you, but we can build a custom floor plan for you too. Visiting floorplans.com is also a great place to look. It’s always best to have a general idea of what you like before meeting with a builder.
2. Start A Must-Have List
As you are living in your current home, start a running tab of things that you like about your place, or things you wish were different. Think of even the smallest things like the location of your kitchen light switch or the way the sunsets. If this is going to be your dream home, it does really come down to small details that make your home not only beautiful but functional as well.
Thinking about future plans is also a key step when planning for your dream home. Will you want a first-floor master? A mother-in-law suite? Maybe a playroom or bonus room for the kids/grandkids? Some things, you’ll want to incorporate into your home as you’re building it, and other things can wait, like an unfinished bonus room you can complete later.
Choosing land is another very important step when considering your dream home. You definitely don’t want to end up with your dream home not being on your dream land. We are always available to help you find land as your builder, or we can build on your property. Take time to think through where you really picture yourself – in the country, suburbs, close to the city, downtown? Also consider how close you want to be to certain places, other houses, and if you want room for any additional buildings on your property.
3. Search For Your Builder
After you are pre-approved you’ll want to start looking for a custom home builder. You’ll probably have a lot of friends and family recommend who they like/dislike so that’s a great place to start. A few other things you’ll want to take a look at are the builder’s online reviews and social media accounts. While you are looking at their website, make sure to get a good idea of their style as it’s much easier to choose a builder that is already building homes similar to your style. It’s also a good idea to get to know the owners and the team. Since most houses take anywhere from 120-160 days to complete, you’ll be spending a lot of time going back and forth with them and this will be much easier to do if you get along with the builder team!
4. Expect Bumps
If you think everything from start to finish is going to go perfectly, you most likely are going to be disappointed. When building a home, especially during this COVID season we are coming out of, there are several things that could throw kinks in the home building journey. From contractors being booked out, material cost fluctuating, to the poor supply chain, any of these things can cause delays in your build. We know that’s not what our clients like to hear, and we certainly try to avoid them at all costs, but we do believe being honest upfront about potential issues is the best thing we can do for you.
5. Last Minute Items
Don’t forget that there are lots of things you’ll want to do towards finishing that won’t be part of the general building journey. Think through any landscaping element upgrades, new furniture for your space, moving expenses, and don’t forget that house-warming party you’ll throw! Remember to budget for these items so you aren’t surprised and don’t have to cut the things you really need.
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We hope you are inspired to get started on your custom home journey and we are happy to help if you need it! If you are looking for some tips on getting your current home ready to sell, check out our last blog here.