The average American house hunter will view 19 properties before they find the home of their dreams, according to a survey from Zolo. To avoid wasting hours searching for and visiting undesirable properties, more and more people are choosing to custom build their own homes. When you do this you’re in full control of the associated costs, and can also create the perfect property to suit your family’s needs. But before you dig deep and hire a builder to start work on your project, it’s crucial that you consider these factors first.
Finding a builder is a big job
As a general rule, you should obtain quotes from at least three different builders for any building project. But for a large scale and expensive project like a custom-built home, you need to do a whole lot more than this when searching for a builder. Checking the credentials of a builder is a must to ensure that they have the relevant qualifications and experience to complete your house build. Having a good rapport with any builder you choose to work with is essential too. Knowing that your builder will listen to your ideas, get back to you regarding your queries quickly, and is upfront about the projected time scale and cost of your project will help you to build your trust with them. You mustn’t forget the importance of researching your choice of builder either. This should include speaking to other people who have used the builder and viewing their portfolio.
You’re probably thinking that if you’re paying out thousands for a custom-built property then it will be your forever home. But as the average American moves home 11.7 times over the course of their lifetime, you need to be realistic and consider the possibility of moving home due to a job relocation, a change in your family’s circumstances, or because you need to downsize. You should, therefore, carefully think about the design of your home and keep to a traditional layout, including putting the kitchen on the ground floor and bedrooms upstairs. You should also bear in mind what the majority of the nation want from a home when designing your custom-build property, as this will increase your chances of selling in the future. TreeHugger reports that a home with 7.5 separate rooms is the most desirable, while almost one-half of people would use the family room more than any other room, so these factors are worth considering during your design process.
On average, it will cost you $200 per square foot to build your custom home. While you and your builder are likely to own basic tools to help with the construction of your dream home (such as a cordless drill, screwdrivers and a power sander) there are additional pieces of equipment that you’ll need to have to ensure your project goes without a hitch. These items can be purchased, but in most cases, renting them is preferable. The equipment you’ll likely need include scaffolding, heavy-duty concrete mixers, dumpers and aerial equipment. Aerial lifts make the construction of a custom-home safe and more efficient as they provide an elevated workstation for as long as it’s needed. This machinery can be rented from an aerial equipment rental fleet for any length of time. Most companies offer flexible rental options, so there’s no need to worry about having to halt your build part-way through.
Design for the future
Too often, people who want a custom-built home build it for now rather than for their future circumstances. For example, you should consider the possibility of your family expanding following the birth of children, or whether aging parents may move in with you later down the line. It can be difficult to envision the needs of these additional family members, so calling in a designer is recommended. Their expertise and years of experience will help bring your current requirements together with your future ones, so you won’t have to worry about the possibility of expanding your home in years to come or paying out for costly renovations.
A custom-built home is the perfect solution for the thousands of house hunters that can’t find a ready-made property suitable for them. However, as custom-built homes require a lot of cash, time and planning, it’s crucial that you think about all aspects of your project, including the short-term and long-term goals for your home and how to find the right tradesperson to complete the home you yearn for.