Purchasing a home is a big decision and there’s a lot of thought that goes into looking at homes for sale and ultimately choosing one. Location, amenities, and often proximity to good schools are factors that many homebuyers are weighing when they’re looking at houses. The National Association of Builders says that almost 50% of homebuyers said that finding the right property was the hardest part of buying a home. Location really is everything! So, if you have the resources, looking at custom home building is an excellent option. However, if you’re looking for homes for sale and considering custom building, we’ll discuss what you should know and look for in the below. Read on!
The Homeowner’s Hunt
When you’re looking for a new home, you likely have a list of things you’re looking for. More experienced homeowners might have a more specific and detailed list, but even if you’re a first-time homeowner, you know what you want. Likely you’ve rented or lived in other homes that all had quirks or things you know you don’t want in this new home. The act of looking at homes for sale can be a long and exhausting one, especially if you’re not finding what you’re looking for.
You might want to be zoned within a specific school district, for example, or want to be close to the water, or have certain amenities in your home, and nothing you’re looking at can give you all of those options. This is where thinking about custom home building can come in.
Why Build a Custom Home?
Considering creating a custom home for you and your family might seem like a big step, but it can pay off. For one thing, the amount of renovation or repair you’ll have to do down the line is minimal. Ideally, you’ll be looking ahead at the next ten or twenty years in the house and be able to anticipate the needs of your family over that time period and incorporate room for those in the house’s framework. For example, if you have two young children who are currently sharing a room, you might design the home to have two extra bedrooms as they grow up and want more privacy.
Since everything will be built from the ground up, it also means that everything will be new, so maintenance on pipes, electrical work, the roof, etc., won’t have to be thought about for years and years with a quality job.
Furthermore, it gives you the freedom to choose the location you want for your home. And you can add the amenities you want into your home — green homes are becoming more and more popular and as home technology develops, you could have a house that’s practically from the future.
How Should I Start on a Custom Home?
You want to sit down with an architect and builder on your team first. You should have an idea of the budget for the home — allotting for an “emergency” fund. Things happen, and you want to prepare for that. Talk to the designer and architect about what they can do within the framework of your budget. You should have a list of things that you want but don’t need, and things that you absolutely need in the house. Once the needs are taken care of, you can turn your attention to fitting the “wants” into the plan for the house. Your team may be able to suggest clever ways to incorporate those — or find another solution — that you hadn’t even thought of.
Assembling a good team is imperative to getting your project off the ground. Be sure to listen to their advice and any warnings — they’re the experts, after all!
Stop looking at homes for sale and build a new house that matches your wish list exactly. Custom building gives you the flexibility you might have not known you were looking for!