The Advantages of Having a Custom Home

The Advantages of Having a Custom Home

For a vast majority of Americans, their home is their primary investment and single largest purchase they will make during their lifetime. For this reason, owning a home that is custom built provides you with many advantages over having a home that is built by a tract builder.

Quality – Custom home builders use materials that are not solely price concise or based on quantity discounts, in other words, they don’t buy in bulk. They use materials that are specified by the architect or by the homeowner and are solely for the use on your home. Custom builders do not use prefabricated trusses. Instead, quality framers and craftsmen construct your home. The opposite is true of tract builders, who are known for low price as opposed to quality construction.

Relationship – Custom home builders tend to be family owned businesses that concentrate on local markets. This business model relies on quality and positive word of mouth, their reputation, in the local market they serve. The home builder is the managing superintendent, so you see him/her on the job site and speak to them regularly. Custom home builders know the subcontractors who will be constructing your house. These subcontractors are used regularly based on the quality of work they produce. Most tract home companies bid out every “job” to the lowest priced subcontractor. These subcontractors most of the time have never been used before, are not from the local area or their quality of work known. Relationship is an important factor to keep in mind. Should questions or problems arise, you will want to ultimately speak to the builder of your home, not an hourly superintendent or multi-million dollar CEO.

Resale Value – Thirdly, not only will you have the benefit of living in a quality home constructed with premium materials, but this is also important for your resale value. In addition to having a well built home to increase your resale value, you will also not have a home that looks like all the other homes in the neighborhood. Nothing turns buyers off more than having a home that looks the same as all their neighbors. Personalization is a good thing not only for you, building the home designed to fit your lifestyle, but for investment value as well – as long as personalization is kept in moderation. Another benefit of having a custom built home is not having to compete with the tract builder if they still happen to be building homes in your neighborhood while you want to sell your home. I wish I had a dollar for every time someone has told me that they are “stuck” in their tract built neighborhood because they bought in phase 1 and the tract builder is currently building new homes for less money in phase 3.

You Don’t Have to Settle – Lastly, in addition to higher quality construction and higher resale value, the benefit of having a custom home is that you don’t have to settle for what comes “standard”. You can build a home that suits your personal needs and lifestyle instead of altering your life to fit into a generic built home.

 

Choosing a Home Builder – What to Know

Choosing a Home Builder – What to Know

One of the happiest days of your life is the day you decide to have a home built for yourself. You are not going to be choosing a typical one that you see in the suburbs. Instead, you are choosing a home that will be unique to you and your family. It will say something about who you are and what you want the world to know about you. To do this, you need a custom builder and there are things you need to know about finding a good builder.

A custom builder is not the same as a typical builder. For example, a custom home builder only makes a few homes a year, while a typical contractor makes many homes a year, often over 1,000.

With a custom builder, it is important to remember that you own the property that the builder is going to be building on. With a typical home builder, the builder owns the property that the home is going on.

Some other things to keep in mind with a contractor include:

1. A custom builder is going to make a home that is suited directly towards you. You will get a place that matches what you want and exactly what you want. When you buy a typical home in the suburbs, you do not get a choice in how it looks, how many rooms are in it, nor the features that you get.

2. A custom home builder will often cost more than a typical builder. The reason for this is that the typical builder is making homes at a blistering pace. They are putting out 100 or so homes a year in various locations, which come out to about one home being built every three days anywhere in the country. A custom home builder will only build about 20 homes, if that and they take much longer to build homes. They are building homes to what you want and that often drives the price up.

3. A custom home builder is much more personal than a typical home builder. What we mean by this is that you will be working together with the custom home builder to ensure you get exactly what you are paying for. The typical home builder does not work along those same lines.

 

How To Select A Builder For Your Custom Home

How To Select A Builder For Your Custom Home

How To Select A Builder

If you are contemplating building a custom home, there are many decisions you’ll need to make along the way. One of the very first decisions, and arguably the most important, is who will actually be in charge of the construction. Hiring a professional custom-home builder with a good reputation in your community is a good first step.

In my twenty-plus years of building custom homes, one thing I’ve noticed is that most people approach this in one of two ways. The first is by talking to several builders and getting bids, and the second is pre-selecting a builder based on reputation and recommendations from friends or associates.

You should keep in mind that a completed house can be very different depending on who the actual builder is. Each builder will likely have a different standard for what quality of materials and work are acceptable, and as a result this often leads to very different completed home. A common misconception is that the local building department will be making periodic inspections that will ensure the home is being built properly. The fact is there are still many locations around the country that either don’t have inspections at all, or if they do inspections, they are not very thorough. The bottom line is there is no building authority that will make any guarantees on a residential building under their jurisdiction; this is solely the responsibility of the builder or property owner.

If you feel confident in knowing which materials are appropriate and how they should be correctly installed, as well as what the minimum standard for quality of work should be, then basing your decision on price alone might work out for you. This is not the route I would recommend, though, because I think this approach often leads to problems with either the builder or the home, and sometimes they turn out to be very serious. An online search will quickly help you understand how frequently major problems occur when building a home. The old saying really is true: “You get what you pay for.”

If you do decide to go the route of seeking competitive bids, it’s imperative that you ask for references and then take the time to check them. Ask each reference if they experienced any problems with their home, and what the builder did to address those problems. Find out if the builder was receptive to their ideas and easy to work with, and especially how well they were able to communicate throughout the entire building process. You should eliminate any builder whose reference is not ready to emphatically recommend them.

I feel the second approach is better. Pre-selecting a builder based on reputation and on recommendations from friends and associates should help you to feel confident in your choice from the very beginning. You should be able to see examples of his work, and find out first hand what to expect. Your builder will feel your commitment to him or her, and this fosters a real partnership between builder and home owner. This is important because it leads to better communication and better results.

If your expectations are to build a home that has all custom features and personal touches you dreamed of, while being as trouble free as possible for many years to come, then pre-selecting your builder and then partnering with him/her from the very beginning is key. Yes, you are probably going to spend more money initially by going this route, but hiring a builder who will use quality materials that are installed by the best workers in your area will almost certainly lead to a lower overall cost of owning and maintaining your home.

Whichever route you go–competitive bids or pre-selection–make sure that your builder is licensed in your state, and that he/she carries worker compensation insurance, and comprehensive general liability insurance in an amount great enough to cover the total loss of your home. Decide upfront who will be responsible for providing the builders risk insurance to cover the home during construction. If the builder provides the insurance be sure and obtain proof and then make sure it stays in effect until the home is completed.

Building your dream home should be a time of excitement and anticipation, but it can also be a stressful time with all the decisions that have to be made. Hiring the right builder who is committed to guiding you through the building process will make building your new home less stressful and help to ensure that your expectations are met.

 

Three Types of Home Builders – Some Times Smaller is Better

Three Types of Home Builders – Some Times Smaller is Better

 

There are three types of home builders in America today. There is the “high end custom home builder”, the “production builder”, and the “small, hands-on builder”. While there are variations and hybrids within these three categories, these are the basic types at work today. The trick for the prospective buyer is to identify which one is the best match for their pocketbook and home style demands.

The High End Custom Home Builders normally work out of expensive offices and drive new vehicles and maintain all the trappings of success and professionalism that the upper class feels comfortable with. They tend to be very good at what they do, but their overhead and expertise come at a high price.

A custom home’s plan is often drawn by an architect who spends a lot of time interviewing the customer, drawing rough drafts, and making revisions before coming up with a final draft. Normally, a professional designer will be part of the decision-making process involving colors and finishes. The customer usually secures the construction loan and land. The building process is always lengthy and requires a lot of focus on the builder’s part to assure quality and coordination. In other words, it is not something most new home buyers can afford.

What they can afford is some variation of a Production Home Builder’s model homes. This is the way it is now and always has been in modern America. In the old days Sears and Roebucks sold thousands of homes by way of mail order catalogs. There is nothing wrong with the system, it enables the masses to afford the American Dream. Customer dissatisfaction normally occurs because buyers often want and probably deserve more attention paid to their individual home.

The problem is not that Production Home Builders are not good at building homes that follow normal building procedures within their system. That is what they have become proficient at and chances are that a new home buyer will end up reasonably satisfied if they stick to the builder’s stock plans and options. The problem with most builders that build more than 15 or 20 houses a year is that they are not good at making changes outside their box.

Many Production Home Builders are aware of their limitations in customization as well as their strengths in production home building. The popular term “pre-sold home” is commonly used to get the notion of “custom” out of the buyers mind. The buyer is allowed to buy the builder’s product any time before completion and select from a list of options when possible, but it is the builder’s home until the customer pays for it with their final mortgage loan. It is a fair way of doing business.

Trouble often arises when Production Home Builders ignore their limitations and attempt to customize a home outside their comfort zone. Most Production Home Builders started their careers building just a few houses a year and were able to build anything that came along and so they reason they should still be able to even though they are no longer “hands on” and have to work through their staff. They also want to give their customer what they want and so they bend their rules to make the customer happy and get the sale.

The customer wanting special features or techniques in their new home are often frustrated with the Production Home Builder’s parameters. They would be better served to look outside the big new sub-divisions where Production Home Builders have all the lots tied up and search for the Small, Hands-on Home Builder. Some of these builders are new and may be on their way to becoming production builders, but the majority are seasoned builders who prefer to build as few as 3 or 4 houses a year. They are not interested in running a big business, but instead just want to make a good living doing something they are good at and enjoy doing.

They are not as easy to find, but every city has many of them and they have been building the American Dream far longer than their modern day counterparts. They are the craftsmen builders who are often proficient at several trades and have a firm grasp on all the rest involved in home building. Many began as laborers on a framing crew and spent years learning the carpentry trade before gaining the experience and where-with-all needed to build their first home.

 

While the High End Custom Home Builder takes care of the upper class and the Production Home Builders take care of the masses, the Small, Hands-on Home Builders are the ones taking care of the new home buyers looking for something in between. It is often a perfect fit because they need each other. The Small, Hands-on Home Builder needs the work these customers provide and they have more time to pay attention to each project because they are usually physically working on it and not running a large home building operation. The customer with special demands and desires needs the small builder who welcomes their requests for individuality and sees them as challenges to be carried out with pride and proficiency, resulting in profit for them and satisfaction for the home owner.

What Are the Advantages of Working With a Small Home Builder?

What Are the Advantages of Working With a Small Home Builder?

When building a home, the advantages to large builders are well-documented. Big builders have “deep pockets.” They can exploit economies of scale, leveraging this into supply-chain influence and getting discounts on materials (ideally, passing these savings along to the buyer) as a result.

But to acknowledge these facts without pointing out the advantages of working with small builders – also known as custom home builders – is to give them short shrift. There are several very good reasons to have your home built by a custom builder rather than by a volume builder. Outlined below are five of the biggest.

1. Custom home builders can build your new home where you want it

Custom builders are usually working on only one project at a time. As a result, they are not afraid to look into options such as urban infill lots, allowing you more choice of where you want to build.

By contrast, big builders think big. This means they’re not thinking in terms of houses, but in terms of developments. To build a development, the big builders must locate and acquire large tracts of land. The location of your house is restricted to these. These tracts are rarely available near urban centres, meaning that if you don’t want a long commute, a big builder may not be your best option.

2. You are an individual and you’d like your house to be as well

As a rule, you can expect almost complete customisation from a small builder. To begin, a custom builder is working with a greater range of design options, often built on a single lot. This allows you to select most details of your new home. Additionally, by definition, a small builder will have fewer employees, meaning that he will nearly always be on site. You will have ample opportunity to change things you dislike. Your builder is also very likely to accommodate you in such areas because he is likely to live in the area where he works and his professional reputation depends, in no small part, on your satisfaction.

Volume builders build homes, generally many at a time, based upon a more limited library of home plans. They will have purchased most of the materials and pre-determined most of your house’s design elements well in beforehand. You can “customise” your home with your selections of appliances, countertops, etc., but the builders are on a very strict schedule, and aren’t necessarily inclined to make all of the small changes you’d like to see. If you’re building in a niche location, perhaps on a hill or on a narrow lot, the bigger developers may not share your vision.

You may have bought that property on a hill specifically with a view to putting your house atop it, but your volume builder may disagree, preferring to dig into the hill and create a flat block on which to build one of their pre-created designs.

3. Smaller builders can be more knowledgeable

A smaller, local builder will be more likely to have built on similar terrain. Having built in your area, a custom builder will be able to tell you with confidence that, for instance, there is rock near the surface of the ground in your area, making excavation impossibility. This sort of prior knowledge can end up saving you money in site costs.

In some cases, volume builders will move across the state or even the country between projects, never learning the subtleties of the local landscape.

4. Custom builds often are of higher quality

One way that large builders keep their prices so low is by having portions of homes built in a factory, then brought to the site, negatively affecting both the quality and the materials themselves.

Custom home builders are far less likely (or able) to engage in this practice, often resulting in a better built home.

5. Smaller builders know how much house you need

A volume builder can likely build you a “McMansion” comparatively cheaply, but the future costs of heating, cooling, and furnishing it (not to mention the burden of cleaning it) are left to you. A builder who lives in your area will be more familiar with local energy costs and other such issues, and again, will have a professional interest in your satisfaction.

To conclude, bigger builders do carry the advantages of working quickly. They can offer larger homes for smaller prices, but this comes at the cost of the individualisation that likely drove you to build, rather than buy, a home in the first place.

A custom builder can be the best way of making sure that you’re buying the house of your dreams–and not of the developer’s.
Custom home builders know your requirements well in advance and start off with the project accordingly. It is very important to know how much space you need to build your dream house and how quality results can be achieved within the deadline. Small home builders supports your individual decision making process in building the house keeping in mind high quality and standards.

 

What Type of Home Builder For the Construction of Your Home?

What Type of Home Builder For the Construction of Your Home?

When you want a house built, you have to look for a home builder. They will be able to build a house that you may spend the rest of your life in. This may be the home where you raise your children, have wonderful memories and live out your days.
One of the things that you need to think about with your builder is what kind of builder for your house that you want.

There are two types of builders of home to choose from; custom home builder and production home builder. These two builders build homes but they do it in a very different manner. So, when you need a construction on a home, which should you choose?
To answer quickly, it is primarily based on your needs and the amount of money you can spend. However, let’s delve a little further into the differences between a productionbuilder and a custom builder of homes.

A custom builder will build on the land that you own and very few custom builders own the land they build on but they are the minority.
One of the biggest advantages for a custom builder is that they build custom and unique houses that are built to a specific plan that you help create.
Typically, a custom builder will build single-family houses rather than larger buildings like condos and apartments. On average, custom home builders will build 25 or fewer house in all and the homes they do build tend to be high-end homes that cost more.

A production builder will build land on property that they own. This land is bought by the builder, the home is built and then you buy the home and the plot of land from the home builder.
The production builder will not build custom and unique homes and will instead build based on plans that you have limited choices over. You can choose types of counters, carpeting and extras like that but overall you buy what the builder makes without consultation.
A production home builder will also build many different types of houses including rental properties, townhouses, condos and single-family houses. Unlike a custom builder, the production builder will make many more than 25 houses a year. Production home builders also build homes for all price levels, from entry-level to luxury.

 

How to Find a Custom or Luxury Home Builder

How to Find a Custom or Luxury Home Builder

Everyone wants to live in a house where they feel comfortable with. Your home is one of your most important investments. It is important that you do a thorough research about home builders. Custom builders can help you build the home of your dreams. They will be able to take into consideration factors of building your home such as your budget, design, and other preferences. If you are looking for luxury home builders here are some tips for you.

· Create a list of local builders in your area – This is the first step that you should do so as to know how to narrow down all these possible home builders.

· Call or visit the local construction material vendors – These people can actually refer builders for houses who have good reputations. This way you can narrow down your list to your top picks and choose the best among them.

· Ask for your neighbors for referrals – If you find someone who owns a luxurious home that you like, you can ask them to refer the builder that made their home as well. Referrals from relatives, friends and neighbors can be a good source of quality builders.

· Do a background check of your prospect builders – You might have already gotten a few referrals and this time you need to see for yourself if these prospect construction builders are capable of doing the job you want them to do. The best way to check the quality of their work is by asking homeowners who have hired them to build their homes.

· Check the quality of materials used – When you go for a background check, check also the quality of material used for construction. If it is a luxury, it is understood that the materials used costs more than normal. This also means that the quality of these materials is better. A quality construction builder service provides you with construction materials worth using to build the home of your dreams.

There might be a lot of things to do if you are looking for a quality house builder. All the effort is going to be paid if when you feel secure that you will also build a sturdy home that you and your family will be able to stay with for a long period of time. Custom house builders, as well as custom home builders can suggest you new ideas and designs for your ideal home. They can assist you in building a home that can offer you luxury and comfort. Luxury home builders would be easier to find if you know how to narrow down the list of your possible builder for your new home.

 

Hire Custom Home Builders to Personalize Your Home Design

Hire Custom Home Builders to Personalize Your Home Design

If you are bored in living in a house that looks exactly the same from the last so many years, it’s time for you to try something else. There are custom home builders who can give your home a new look without crossing your budget limit.

They will make a list of your requirements and then will plan out the design of your home to look different and unique. The best part of hiring custom home builder is that you can work with them in order to get the exact design you want for your home.

If your preference is to make an environment friendly home, then you can ask your builder to redesign your home for achieving the right look. You can have passive solar heating, bamboo floors, skylights, geothermal cooling and heating systems and much more. By giving your own personalized inputs, you would be able to create an environment within your home which you will love to reside in for many years to come.

There are many home builders who are providing customized home building solutions at reasonable costs. If you also want to hire custom builders, then you can search on the Internet to find a reliable and experienced company providing you affordable services. The company who has the right resource and expertise in this field will not disappoint you and you will be a proud owner of your home with tailored design reflecting your personality and style. So, do not wait more and use Internet search to find a reliable service provider in home remodeling industry.

 

The Trusted Services of Custom Home Builders

 

If you are tiring of the way your house looks, and want to give it a makeover, look for a trusty custom builder to give your house a facelift. They have plenty of expertise, a sense of style and balance, and also the ability to give you the desired look without stretching your budget. For a range of solutions,custom builders are among the best there are today.

The great thing about custom builders is that there is nothing they cannot achieve. Beginning with a complete solution that requires the house to be pulled down and built from scratch, all the way to making minor adjustments and redoing small bits, they never say no.

They pride themselves on the quality of work they do. If your house needs a complete overhaul, look to have it done in record time with no delay. Should you need a new floor added to your existing house, they will do it with the least bit of inconvenience to you. Try and get a fancy sun deck, a cosy porch, or give your basement a whole new definition. With custom builders, you are in safe hands.

Keeping up with the latest trends today, builders ensure all products used are of excellent standard, with no emissions or harmful chemicals used. The committed team helps take you through the plan and layout with every detail in place, seeking your acceptance at every step. The greatest thing about builders is their ability to marry your vision with their own incredible ideas to give drastic results, making your house as good as new.