Things to Watch Out for with Custom-Built Homes

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 at 6:17am.

Getting a custom-built home is many people’s dream come true. You get to design almost every aspect of your entire property, from the rooms to the grounds. It’s a place that can be completely, wholly, and originally yours. But deciding to build a custom-built home can also come with unique challenges and complications. Here are a few things to consider when you’re starting your process of building a custom home.

1. Call a Real Estate Agent

Many people think that real estate agents are to facilitate buying homes, but they do a lot more than that. When it comes to your custom home, you’ll still need a lot of the basics: a lot, hook-ups, a neighbourhood or rural community. A real estate agent can help you navigate all these individual components so that your custom home is in the right spot. That may mean getting in on the ground floor of a new development. It may consist of finding an old home and demolishing. Whatever your route, a real estate agent can help you start off right.

2. Look for a Home-Building Team

Homes are complicated. They require all sorts of trained, certified, and experienced professionals, from electricians to plumbers to architects. If you’re using a home builder for your custom home, be sure to research them thoroughly before choosing the right one, and that includes being sure that their team is a good one. Builders are often resistant to the idea of swapping out their team members. They may use the same plumber on most jobs, for example, but some clients will want another plumber to come in. It can mess with working relationships, not to mention contracted tradesmen are more likely to walk off the job. It’s simply easier and more efficient, then, to get a home builder who’s also good at building a great team.

3. Watch For Guarantees

Almost all home builders offer guarantees, but that doesn’t mean all guarantees are created equal. In fact, some builders will be sneaky in the wording of their guarantees to get them off the hook for a wide variety of things, from subcontracted work to faulty foundations. Be sure to thoroughly read what will be covered once your home is built and for how long. Be aware also that some exclusions can come after the first year, so you’ll only be fully covered for 365 days instead of the entire length of the guarantee.

A custom house is many people’s dream, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare. Be sure to be thorough in choosing where you decide to build, who you get to build, and made to last. Without paying attention to the details, you could end up with something that wasn’t worth the time, money, and hassle.

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