Building your dream home takes more than knowing what looks nice and where it needs to go. And if you’re hiring someone to custom-build your home, you need to be aware of some things that will make your undertaking run smoothly and finish the way you want it to.
Make Sure They’re Licensed
It takes a lot of professionals to build a home ‒‒ carpenters, electricians, plumbers, you name it. And all of them need to know your vision and be able to see it through. But before you let anyone set to work on the home of your dreams, make sure that everyone involved in the construction is licensed and certified and can deliver all their projects up to code. This is probably the most critical decision you’ll make when selecting a custom home builder, because if your builder doesn’t have the proper certificates, licenses and permits, and if he fails to assure that all work is up to code, you could run into big problems with your local building and zoning department and see the cost of your dream project turn into a nightmare money pit. Fly-by-night builders are unfortunately common, and the last thing you want is a contractor who closes shop and leaves you half-finished and stuck looking for a new builder.
Make Sure They Do the Kind of Work You Want
It may sound painfully simple to advise this, but you definitely don’t want someone to design and build their version of your house when what they design and build generally is unappealing to you. If you’re looking for a Queen Ann style, you certainly wouldn’t want to hire a post-modernist builder. And if you fancy cutting-edge, green construction, you’ll not want to hire a Colonial traditionalist. Check out the builder’s completed projects and, if you can, talk to homeowners who’ve used them.
Know Your Budget
This also might sound simple and obvious, but you need to know your budget so that you can hire the best qualified builder in your price range. Know your spending plan and know how much you can afford in terms of wiggle room on the price. You’ll need your contractor to stay within this limit and still give you the home you want.
Be Prepared for Delays
One thing the modern world lacks is patience. But know that even the best builders with the best helpers doing the best work can experience delays. Sometimes materials needed for interior decorative work need to be back-ordered. Sometimes weather is so extreme that exterior construction has to wait. Don’t let little problems mount up, of course, but expect that your builder may run into a few glitches along the way. And try to remember ‒‒ once it’s built, it’ll be your dream home for as long as you live there.