4 Tips for Starting a Custom Home Project

Construction & Contractors Blog

The idea of hiring a team of custom home contractors to make your dream come true is an exciting one to think about. When dealing with custom homes as projects, though, customers need to take into account a lot of factors. Pay attention to the four tips to make sure the process will be as rewarding as possible.

Understand the Investment from Your End

Customization means you're supposed to get what you want. However, you can't just leave your blueprints with your custom home contractors and just expect them to make your idea a reality. They're going to need your approval for different stages of the effort, and all potential revisions will have to get your signature, too. In other words, understand that the time investment expected of you will be like picking up a part-time job.

Line the Financing Up Early

Getting money in place is essential for these kinds of efforts. Make sure you talk with your bank and get a clear idea of how much money you'll have access to and when it'll be available. It's also wise to confirm that you'll have about 20% slack on your budget to take advantage of opportunities or to deal with contingencies. You don't want to be staring at an engineering problem with the foundation, for example, and not know where the money to address it is going to come from. If you come in under budget, use the money to pay back the loan or to buy some nice decor.

See the Contractor's Previous Work

While you might get lucky and have them make a masterpiece of an idea they've never executed before, it's best to see some evidence that a contractor's previous work matches your vision. Visit a few of the homes they've built and talk with the owners. Learn how the process worked for them, and try to understand where you'll fit into it. You may also want to bring in an architect, a designer, and even an engineer. These folks can help you keep a job on track.

Benchmarks and Tranches

When you sit down to write the contract, there should be two priorities. Benchmarks need to be set to keep the project moving along, although they should be flexible enough to handle delays caused by weather, market forces, and bad timing. Contact local custom home contractors to learn more about this aspect of the project. 

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