As a potential custom home owner, it can be overwhelming to think of all that goes into building a custom home. Even if you decide to go with a semi-custom home, the process is dense. What’s more, you have to choose who to trust throughout the entire experience. Granted, you can find some great contractors through referrals, but the entire weight of decision-making falls on you. That’s why we wanted to share eight hard-won lessons that change the way homeowners experience the process of building their own custom home.
A custom home build is not a 90 day process. In fact, it’s not even a six month process. Most custom home projects take anywhere between nine and 24 months to complete. So before you jump onto the custom home building bandwagon, make sure you understand the type of commitment it takes to see the entire project through to the finish.
It can’t be stated enough, and we will probably state it again later in this post: hire the right people. Take your time to vet every contractor that will be working on your home. It can be time-consuming to go through this process. However, the quality and lifespan of your home relies on you choosing the best home builders for your project.
You can spend weeks planning your custom home, but it’s still not enough. With every stage completed, a new stage emerges. This is where planning can be beneficial. You will have a bird’s eye view of where your custom home build is on the timeline. What’s more, your plans will change as your home is built. We cannot say this enough: you will need to create a new plan often. Get used to communicating with your home builder and associated contractors to find solutions to problems and get your house built.
It can be tempting to think that your custom home builder has your project on lockdown. Frankly, you’re paying them a hefty sum to build your home, so why should they need you moving forward? That’s the pitfall with custom home building. The home builder will need you at nearly every single stage of the project. It’s best to over communicate and be on the same page than under communicate and get something wrong. Don’t assume anything. Mistakes cost money. Communication does not.
All the effort that goes into building a home begins with the blueprints. Then it moves to the dirt, foundation, and frame. Finally, the frame is filled in with external and internal features. Throughout this entire process, you may be wondering why your home looks worse than you thought it would the closer it gets to completion. Remember, a custom home build is an ongoing process. What you see today is not what you will see in a week. Remain patient and trust you hired the best custom home builders for the job.
One of the hardest lessons to learn while building your own custom home is that you will make mistakes. So will the contractors. This is a part of the process. We’re all human, too. The best way to handle mistakes is to address them head on. Identify where the mistake was made, how it can be avoided in the future, create a solution, implement the solution, and keep moving forward. Focusing on one mistake for the next three weeks is going to spend your time and money better utilized elsewhere on the project. And it will create unwanted stress.
Whether it be the framers, excavators, or contractors, remember to be kind to everyone on your project. They’re the reason you get to build your custom home. Furthermore, building relationships with those who are building your home adds more value to the experience. Make the contractors feel like a part of the family, and they will be inspired to do their best work for you.
It’s important you listen to your custom home builder and associated contractors. They’ve been doing this for a lot longer than you and have been through dozens if not hundreds of other projects. They have a sense of what they’re talking about. However, if you don’t think or feel what they’re saying aligns with what you expected, ask questions. Get it all out. Refer back to lesson four. Over communicate and don’t assume anything.
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