From the Ground Up

The Ultimate Guide To Home Building

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Trying to decide if you should build your next house? You’ve come to the right place. Learn the step by step process to home building so you can make an informed decision.

  1. The Benefits of Home Building

There are countless benefits of building a custom home, but here are just a few.

  • Custom to You: The biggest reason why you should build your own house is that it is completely personalized to your wants and needs.
  • Brand New: Don’t like fixer uppers? With a custom home build, your house will be move in ready!
  • New Technology: Interested in home automation? With a custom home build you can get all new smart technology appliances built into your own home.
  • Energy Efficient: Newer homes are built following more energy efficient codes which not only saves the planet but also saves you money.
  • Lower Costs: You won’t have to do any upgrades or repairs for years since it is a new home built exactly how you want it.
  • No Need to Negotiate: You won’t have to worry about the closing process or any bidding wars because the home was made just for you.
  • Build Anywhere: You can build your perfect home in the perfect neighborhood, there is no need to compromise on the location with a custom home build.
  1. How to Choose the Perfect Neighborhood
  • What are your priorities? Making a list of what you want should be your first step. Here are a few you should consider: schools, traffic, commute, neighborhood amenities, safety, nearby parks/paths, and walkability.
  • Close in on an area. Once you figure out what is important to you in a neighborhood, it’s time to actually find some neighborhoods.
  • Take a drive. Before making a final decision, take a drive around your new potential new neighborhood and envision yourself living there.
  • Close the deal. Once you find the perfect lot you can purchase the land!
  1. How to Choose an Architect

The next step is choosing an architect or home designer. After doing some research, here is a list of questions you should ask your potential candidates before you commit.

  • What responsibilities will you handle? It’s important to make sure everyone is on the same page before you start.
  • What is your estimated timeline? Discussing the architect’s availability and start times, while also asking about any potential hold ups in the design is something you should ask before you begin.
  • How do you charge? There are several ways architects calculate their fees: time spent (hourly), based on square footage, percentage of the cost of work, or stipulated sum.
  • What is included in your fees? Figuring out what is and isn’t included in your contract is something you should do before signing. There are various levels of service or packages that architects offer so make sure it is clear what is covered before you start.
  • What is your involvement during the construction process? Not all architects are involved the whole time so asking about this in the beginning is an important step so you aren’t blindsided if your architect ends up leaving after the design work is complete.
  • How do you handle conflict? With any project, challenges always arise. Ask the architect how they have handled conflict between themselves and the contractor in the past, but also ask how they handled conflict between themselves and the client.
  • Do you have references I can contact? It’s important to do your research with a project this important. Seeing how satisfied previous customers are and if they had any issues with the architect is something that is crucial to do before hiring an architect.

These first three steps are just the beginning. For more in depth answers to the previous three topics and to find out how to choose a home builder, the home building process broken down step by step, and things to know before building a home -  download our free ebook!Download Ebook