So you’ve spent weeks or even months looking at the real estate market in your area, and you’ve been unable to find the perfect house. At the same time, you’ve probably taken notice of attractive lots which would be perfect for building the ideal home. If you’ve never built a house before, you may be intimidated by the idea of starting a custom home building project. But there are a lot of benefits to building a custom home. You can make it to be exactly what you would like it to be, while even potentially creating an investment opportunity for yourself. But you shouldn’t go in blind. Let’s explore some of the things to keep in mind when building a new custom home.
1. Consider the Future
Even if you don’t plan on selling or renting out your custom home in the near future, you should still think about it as it is being built. You want your home to be attractive. It should be individualized for your needs, but only to an extent. For example, your custom home could someday be someone else’s vacation home. Especially if you’re building on or near the beach, since roughly 36% of all vacation home buyers bought in beach areas.
2. Choose a Contractor Carefully
There is almost nothing more important than choosing a reliable, trustworthy contractor when building a home. The last thing you want is shoddy craftsmanship or a contractor that will leave before truly finishing the job. Read reviews and interview several different contractors before deciding on the right one.
3. Don’t Skimp on Permits
Not all aspects of building a custom home are all fun and games. You need to make sure that you’re completely organized when planning your custom home. Have all your flood plans, permits, and other types of necessary paperwork organized and ready. If you’re working with a great custom home builder, they will often be able to help you with this.
4. Be Forward-Thinking
Think about how your home will work with technology. Make it as energy efficient as possible, while also ensuring that it can be plugged into smart devices. This will ensure that your home is much more appealing to a broad audience.
Yes, your custom home should appeal to your individual needs. But before then, you need to be as organized as possible, and work with a great builder!