Have you ever sat in your kitchen and thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I have a skylight in here?” Do you wish you had bought a home with a little more elbow room, or perhaps an extra bedroom? Did you ever wish you had been able to look a little longer for your dream home?
For your next home, you may want to consider a customer home builder.such as Custom homes, unlike the cookie cutter homes in this age of mass production, have your unique style and needs in mind. Custom contractors allow you to pick and choose the styles and sizes of your rooms and your layout, and also allow you to include amenities not available in normal, generic housing. With a custom built home, you will have control over the style, materials, layout, appliances, and even the height of your home without spending years waiting to find the perfect home on the market through a realtor.
When choosing a customer builder, the first thing you want to consider is budget. Decide how much you want to spend, and what you would be willing to give up or change to stay within budget. Once a budget is decided, then your contractor will have a great idea of how much money he or she will have to work with, and what plans may need to be changed or altered.
When considering a contractor for your home, make sure to do your homework. Check with the Better Business Bureau, at online reviews, and with friends and family to find a customer builder that can be trusted with such a big project. Ask for a one-on-one with the contractor; see if he or she can sketch up a few ideas, and see if that contractor’s style matches up with yours. Make sure that the builder is bonded and has all the correct insurance before agreeing to work with them. But the most important thing: don’t forget to ask for a quote!
To help your contractor learn your style, have a small collection of photographs, fabric samples, pictures from magazines, or even printed pictures from the internet to help the contractor with an idea of what you are looking for. The better your contractor knows your style, the better he will be able to build for you.
Next you want to make sure to go over the legal stuff. Make sure that the contractor will handle building permits, or that you can manage them yourself. Have open communication with your builder; make sure he or she has your cell phone number, office number, e-mail, and pager number to make sure that if any extra costs or delays come up, he or she can contact you immediately.
Another great tip is to make sure of the time line. Get your contractor to give you a calendar of how long this will take, and make sure that you can wait that long for your new home to be finished. You may need to rent an apartment and storage space for your stuff while you wait, so make sure that fits into your budget as well.
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