27 Mar Custom Building A House Checklist
Custom Building A House Checklist
What You Need To Know When Building A Custom Home
So you’ve decided to build your dream home, but what now? This is a common problem for future homeowners looking to build their dream home. What lot do I want? Who is the best custom homebuilder in Jacksonville? How do I choose an architect? Do I want his and hers closets? Should I have granite countertops? These are all questions you will have to answer when you building your new home. One thing is for sure; you will need to be organized. Especially before you begin construction. When asking my clients what they would do differently during the process, the most common answer is “ I would try and be more organized.” Organization will not only help relieve stress, it will help streamline the design and build process as well as help you solve any problems as they arise. The more planning you do, the less hiccups will arise once construction begins. As a custom home builder in Jacksonville for over 25 years, I can say organization is one of the most important aspects when building a home.
The Answer Is My “Building a House Checklist”
This house building checklist is designed to:
- Help You Stay Organized
- Plan For Your Custom Home
- Set Expectations For The Build
- Build The Perfect Custom Home
Custom Home Building Organization and Preparation Tips
Think about changes you’d like to make to your current home.
What’s the best way to come up with ideas for your custom home? Look at your current home and decide what you would change. Keep a list in your kitchen for a week or two and write down your what your ideas. They may not come right away, but inevitably something will pop into your head that you can’t stand about your current home. It could be the location of the bedrooms, the hindrance of only one sink in the master bathroom, the way the door hits the toilet when you open it or even something as simple as the location of your trash can. These are all things that can be taken into consideration when designing and building your custom home. Creating this list will greatly increase the chance of these annoyances not happening in your new home.
Keep a list of “must-haves” for your new home
Once you have created your list of things you would like to change in your current home, you will start to have a greater understanding of your “must haves” in your new home. The list of must haves isn’t something that should be written once and forgotten about. You should revisit it constantly to ensure you really want and need them. Another tip is to prioritize your must have list. Having your list prioritized will help if budget becomes a concern. You will then be able to go through your list and remove things if necessary. The list can also be separated into wants and needs to help you organize your priorities. You may start to realize some of your “must haves” (tray ceilings) are really a want and something you may not need, if budget becomes a concern. Don’t forget to think about what type of lot you want, or if you are building on your own lot.
Create a Decision-Making System
It is inevitable when building a custom home, you will have to make decisions. Unfortunately some decisions will have to be made once construction has already started. Ideally these decisions will be made with clear and concise judgment and in a quick fashion. There is nothing worse than making the wrong decision and being unhappy with your home. The answer is to create a decision-making system, so when questions arise you are able to handle them quickly. As a custom home builder, I know making decisions can be tough, but making quick decisions can ensure the project stays on track and your construction goals are met. Setup a system to quickly assess the pros and cons of each factor that way you can make an educated decision you wont regret. Your list of must haves will help greatly in your decision making process.
Create a Timeline For The Project
The average custom home takes 6-8 to build, depending on size and features you want to have included. Knowing this you are able to get a ballpark estimate on when your home will finish. What you have to decide is when you would like to begin. There are many factors to consider. For instance; moving, sale of your old home, weather related restrictions, and more. You will want to keep all this in mind before you begin construction. Not only will you want a timeline for you, the builder will also be able to provide a construction timeline.
For a complete breakdown of the steps for building a custom home click here.
Building a custom home can be a daunting task, but with proper organization your project will go much smoother. Have a quality contractor with organization skills will help keep stress levels down as well. Be sure your contractor has a clear plan and the organization skills to carry out that plan. At All Florida Custom Homes we have a proven strategy to build a beautiful custom home in Jacksonville. When you work with us we will keep you informed and help you during the planning and construction phases. Remember the more pre-planning you do before building, the smoother construction will go.