Custom Homebuilding Process
Building a new custom home can be a thrilling process. But make sure that you are informed and prepared. UtahHomeBuildersHub.com can connect you with builders in your area that are happy to talk to you regardless of where you are in your decision process. Contact them, ask questions, look at their work, talk to their customers, and get yourself familiar and comfortable with your area builders and find the one that understands your needs.
Information for building your New Home
Where do you want to build?
Location. Location. Location, right?
What is your budget?
The custom build process offers many “opportunities” to change and upgrade along the way, so it’s a good idea to add an upgrade and change budget that is reserved for adding in the upgrades. If you’re not sure where to begin with determining your budget, talk to the Hubs preferred lender that specialize in new home construction loans and ask them to help you determine what you can qualify for (if you will be financing the house).
Do you have to have the lot first?
With most builders, No. Even “Build on your lot” homebuilders often have lot inventory.
What do you want to build?
You don’t have to know before talking to a builder, but start thinking about the things that are important to you: a particular style, outdoor spaces, storage, formal or informal, comfortable or elegant, and so on. Start a list, keep a scrapbook, and start clipping photos from magazines, newspapers, or the web. Your builder may also have idea books, plans, past work, or other material to help you narrow in on your unique needs and style.
What about area schools and amenities?
If you have kids, you know that the right fit for your child is a very important factor in choosing your location. Take the time to visit the location, ask the builder for any information about the city, neighborhood and amenities.
How involved do you want to be?
It’s YOUR dream home, so yes, you’ll be involved. You should talk to your builder about the level of involvement you want to have in the process.
What is your timeframe?
The typical custom homebuilding process is longer than a production-built home, so know that going in. Know your patience and comfort level and tell your builder. You should also make plans for how and where you might live if there is a gap between sale and move-in.
10 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Home Builder
How many years have you been in business?
How do you compare yourself to other builders? What are the most important benefits of the homes you build?
What type of warranty do you offer?
Can you give me references from prior home buyers?
What are the major energy-saving features of homes you build?
What standard features do your homes include? What options and upgrades can I select?
Who will oversee the construction of my home? Who should I contact with any questions I may have?
How and when can I make changes or upgrades before and during construction?
How long will my home take to complete?
What’s your process for inspection at key points of construction, at final walk-through, and to address any matters that need to be corrected or finalized?