5 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Custom Home

Written by: Penny Siml on Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Building a custom home is an exciting time for anyone, but in all of the excitement, it’s easy to lose sight of a few important aspects of the process. As you begin exploring your options and thinking about the home you want to create and live in, keep these 5 common custom home building mistakes in mind:

1. Not thinking about the long-term.

When it comes to building a custom home, it’s easy to get wrapped up in current home design trends and lose sight of the bigger picture: creating a lasting home for your family. Unless you’re looking to build a custom home that you’ll only live in for a short period, then you don’t want to ignore the fact that trends change, often quickly, when it comes to home design. Thinking about the long-term means you design and build a custom home you love now, but also in the future. Think about the way your family might change, how you’ll age in place, and how the area around the home might also change.

2. Not anticipating custom home building delays.

Throughout the excitement of building a custom home, you’re going to want to know when it’s going to be done. Focusing too much on the move in date will blind you to the fact that delays happen when building a custom home. Often, times, these delays are well outside of your custom home builder’s control. Things like material shipments, holidays, and weather conditions all impact the custom home building timeline. By offsetting your expectations just slightly, you’ll be better prepared for those delays.

3. Not understanding the change order process.

A great custom home builder will explain their change order process to you, but you need to really make sure you understand it. When you change the layout of a room or pick a different crown molding than what you originally wanted, you’ll most likely undergo a change order process. This process can lead to delays in the construction process and can increase the cost of the home. Understanding what this looks like before you make a change will help you better gauge whether you really want to follow through with it or not.

4. Not considering floor plan options and needs.

It’s easy to fall in love with the idea of a specific floor plan. It’s another thing to fall in love with the layout of a completed home building project. So, before you ever break ground, you need to be 100% sure on your custom home floor plan. A great route to go is to select several floor plans and work with your custom home builder to combine the plans into one. Doing this allows you to pull in all of the elements you love from several plans, plus you’ll be able to ensure all of your needs are met.

5. Not considering the custom home resale value.

Again, if you’re only looking at the short-term, when it comes time to sell your home, you’ll have more difficulty. Yes, building a custom home means having the features and amenities you’ve always dreamed of in a home, but you don’t want to go overboard with the uniqueness. Installing a giant fishtank in the kitchen or a glass elevator in the middle of the home might be perfect for you, but the average home buyer will most likely see these as eccentric and could potentially find them offputting. When it comes to the style and customization of your home, keep in mind the resale value of upgrades, appliances, layouts, designs, and amenities.

As you start planning your custom home and thinking about all of the design options, it’s a great idea to loop in a custom home builder early on in the process. At Carrington Homes, we love sitting down and talking about custom home ideas. We’ll work with you to understand what you’re looking for and how we can help turn your dream home into reality! Contact us to get started.



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