From the Ground Up

What to Bring When Meeting With Your Custom Home Builder


Building a custom home can seem intimidating and overwhelming, especially if you’ve never done it before. When you first meet with your builder, you don’t have to have everything perfectly laid out, but a little prep work goes a long way. Here are five things you’ll want to bring to your first visit with a custom home builder.

Your Budget

This is the most important thing you can bring to your meeting. Although you don’t need an exact number, having a range will be crucial into knowing what can go into the custom home. All decisions will be based around your budget. Another reason it’s important is because the builder will know if the budget matches market pricing.

Potential Floor Plans

Having some examples of floor plans you like will be helpful in designing your home. Of course, this is a custom home, so you do not need to exactly copy an existing floor plan. You can customize it so it fits the needs of you and your family. Bringing a floor plan to your first meeting will give the builder a better idea of what you’re looking for and they can assess what will fit into your budget. You can download our Catalog of Floor Plans to get some inspiration. 

Likes and Dislikes of Your Current Home

There’s a reason why you’re building a custom home. Make a list of what you like and don’t like about your current home because it’ll help you formulate an idea of exactly what you want in your new home. This list will help the builder come up with solutions and ideas of what to add to your custom home.

Contact Information

It’s important to designate a point of contact for the builder. Having one person be responsible will simplify things and make the process go quicker. The point of contact should be the person who is most familiar with the vision of the new home. Provide email, home phone, and cell phone information so the builder can reach you anywhere.

Relevant Paperwork

Bringing in relevant paperwork will help jumpstart the project. Bringing in sketches or pictures can help show the builder what you’re looking for. Bringing financial documents or if you’ve been pre-approved for a loan will also be helpful. If you’ve already purchased a lot to build on, bringing in county records will be useful as well.

If you’re ready to build your dream home, contact us to get started. We’d love to help. In the meantime, check out our Ultimate Guide to Home Building in West Michigan to learn more about the process.