The decision to begin a custom building home project is a monumental one. Because of this, it’s understandable that you’ve likely put years of thought into your decision. When making such a large investment both in terms of your time and your money, it’s essential to do your research and consider your options. When it comes to the custom home building, here’s are four steps that will help you get started on your custom homebuilding journey.
Begin thinking of what kind of home you want
The first step in custom building is to decide or get a pretty good idea of what kind of home you want. Consider the home you’re in now and what you’re lacking in your home. Is it his and her closets, additional bedrooms for guests, a pool with a sundeck, more square footage or all of the above? Determining what you’re looking for in your custom build will help you pick the perfect custom homebuilder for you.
Create a list of custom home builders in your area
Once you have an idea of the kind of house you want, you can begin to create a list of potential builders. While a Google search is a typical way to begin this process, a better way to get started is by contacting and/or browsing the website of your local home builders’ association to obtain a list of custom homebuilders in your area.
Do your homework on the custom builders on your list
Now that you’ve looked into your options for builders in your area, it’s time to make cuts and create your final list of potential custom home builders. From here, plan to…
- Interview your potential home builders. Here is a list of questions to ask the builders.
- Visit or drive-by a builder’s recently completed homes. If they have models open, go for a tour.
- If possible, reach out to current homeowners and ask them key questions such as:
- Are you happy with your home?
- If you had any problems, how were they addressed and were they fixed properly and promptly?
- Would you work with this custom home builder again?
Select your builder and choose a homesite
You’ve heard it because it’s true. It’s all about location, location, location. In terms of where you’re doing to build your custom home, this matters a great deal, beyond what your home will be valued at. Your home should be a reflection of you and built on a homesite that gives you access to the things you love whether it’s the beach, boating, the arts, golf or another interest. This will help you narrow your homesite selection. Be sure to discuss this with your home builder. As experts in the industry, they’ll have vast knowledge of the area you’re building in and be able to point you in the right direction.
If you’re looking to build a custom home in Southwest Florida, contact the experts at Divco Custom Homes. Divco is a luxury custom home builder that has over 35 years of experience and has completed over 1,200 of Southwest Florida’s most notable luxury custom homes. In addition to the steps listed above to find your custom home builder, Divco clearly outlines their home building process so your experience is as stress free as possible. For more information on their experience and process, visit the Divco Custom Homes website by clicking here.