Home Remodeling Crash Course: What I Learned the Hard Way

2 Questions To Ask Before Working With A Custom Home Builder

After determining that you would like to move to a different area or upgrade your current home, you may have decided that you want to have your new home built for you. To do so, you will need to hire a builder who specializes in constructing custom homes to have them oversee the entire process. 

When it comes to finding a good builder, you may be uncertain as to where to begin, especially if this is the first time that you have ever decided to have a  house built for you. Below are a couple of questions to consider when you start working with the home builder.

1.  Will You Use a Standard or Unique Set of Blueprints?

When you are discussing your project with a prospective builder, ask them what their normal procedure is when it comes to blueprints. Do they usually start out with a standard plan for each type of residence which is then altered according to their clients' desires? If so, what standardized options are available, and what kinds of customizations are possible for them? Make sure you ask about any features you have in mind for your new home, even if you aren't sure whether they'll be included in the finalized plans. Consider that you may desire alterations like room additions and relocations, which would require repositioning of elements like the laundry area's hookups.

If they don't start with standard blueprints, they may draw up new blueprints from scratch based on each client's specifications, or they could allow for custom blueprints designed by a third party to be brought in. See what your options are to determine which will work best for you.

2.  What Do They Consider Standard and Premium Upgrades?

Before finalizing your plans with the builder, you will also want to discuss the cost of different kinds of alterations. These definitions will vary between contractors, depending on their areas of expertise and regular services provided.

For example, if you want skylights in your kitchen or den area, you should ask if the builder will include this in their service or whether they consider it a premium upgrade. If the latter is the case, you can then ask them about any additional work time and costs to have them put in.

By asking the questions above before you start working with the builder, you can better focus your efforts to find a builder that suits your needs and will have a better idea of what to expect when planning your home's layout and feautres. This, in turn, will help you predict the project's costs. When you speak to a custom home builder near you, use these questions to trigger more in-depth discussions on how they can help you achieve the home you desire.

About Me

Home Remodeling Crash Course: What I Learned The Hard Way

One of the most challenging times for me as a homeowner was when my family was growing but my house was not. We were quickly running out of room and things felt cramped. That's when I started looking into the possibility of remodeling the house to add a couple of extra bedrooms and expand the living area. I had no idea how complex the process would be or what was involved, but I learned a lot along the way. Now that the work is done, I have created this site to help teach others what I didn't know going into the plans. I hope that the information here empowers you and makes your upcoming remodeling project easier.


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