While people like to imagine their home building process to be perfect, it can be easy to make a mistake if you don’t have a plan going into it. Your experience in building and designing your own home is a special one, and we want it to go as smoothly as possible! With construction and remodeling, there are a few common areas where people tend to make simple mistakes- here’s how to avoid that.
Don’t forget- it is very possible to achieve a house that you love without going over your budget. For many people, once they see the options and possibilities available for their custom home, they get carried away and overspend. Set a firm, reasonable budget and stick to it! Additionally, it’s a good idea to make a list of your “must-have” features, so you can be reminded of what’s really important to you, where you can splurge, as well as the areas you can save a little money.
Enjoy the process! Building your very own custom home is an experience that not everyone gets to have. While the home buying, in general, can be stressful and overwhelming, working with a good, communicative builder can allow you to step back and enjoy the process instead of worrying about the details. They do that for you!
Another way to aid in your enjoyment is to ensure you don’t expect perfection every step of the way. There are bound to be little ups and downs during the homebuilding process- maybe they don’t have the light fixtures you want, or the build is taking longer than expected. No matter what it is, being prepared for setbacks will help you keep a positive perspective when interruptions arise. The anticipation is one of the best parts!
Lastly, trust your builder. Your builder is an expert in the industry and has built many homes for a variety of different styles, purposes, and budgets. Ideally, they have talked with you extensively about your vision and should have a thorough understanding of what you’re wanting. They’ll have insights on how you can save money to stay within your allotted budget, or get the most functionality for your space- which may be a little different than you had originally envisioned. Take their suggestions seriously. Though your dream house is important, ultimately, they know how to make it come to life in a realistic, well-designed fashion.
These are just a few of the simple mistakes many people run into when building a custom home. For beginners, it can seem like such a daunting process so it’s easy to let little things get away from you. Most importantly, having a trusted builder that respects your budget and time is essential- regular communication in the form of updates and reports will help you to understand what’s happening and what to expect.
If you’re looking to start designing your own custom home, we’d love to chat with you about what your personal home-building process would look like, with respect to your own lifestyle, budget, and vision! Contact us today.