Having a custom home built is the only true way to live in a house you've always dreamed of owning. You have an opportunity to really make the place yours by including plenty of custom features and amenities throughout. Here are a few important questions to ask your custom home builders when you meet with them for the first time:
Who Does the Designing?
It's a good idea to find out exactly who will do the designing of your custom home so you know just how involved your builder will be. Does your builder work closely with an in-house designer, or do they outsource their design work? Or maybe you have to find a designer to work with your builder on your own.
Will your builder be hands-on throughout the design process or simply review plans as they evolve to make sure they're on the right track? If you learn about the design process upfront, you'll know exactly what to expect and you can avoid unnecessary disappointments.
Is Property Preparation Included?
Unless the property you're building your custom home on has already been developed, you'll have to prepare the property by having it bulldozed and graded before construction can begin. You will also have to have a septic tank and underground plumbing installed.
So make sure that you discuss your property preparation needs during your initial consultation appointment so you gain a clear understanding of exactly what will have to be done before your builder can officially break ground. And find out whether property preparation is included in your overall building fees.
How Does the Permitting Process Work?
You should also find out how the permitting process works when initially meeting with your custom builder so you have an idea of how long it will take before you can actually move in to your new home once and for all. Your builder should be able to give you an itemized list of steps that have to be taken by law in order to build your new house.
And they'll give you an idea of approximately how long each step should take so you know when specific milestones should be reached throughout the building process. You should learn what kind of paperwork you'll be expected to fill out and how much money you can expect to spend on things like inspections and application fees.
Schedule your initial consultation appointment with a reliable custom home builder today to learn more about how the overall building process works and to start making plans for your dream home.