Having a home custom built to your needs is really exciting. You probably can't wait to see the builders start working and see the walls start to go up. However, it is important not to rush the process and make mistakes that may cost you in the long run. Here are a few steps to make sure you don't skip along the way.
See the builder's other homes.
While looking at photos of the builder's past work is a good way to get a general idea of what they do, you also want to go see some of their homes in person. This way, you can get a feel for their style, and you can also note things that you want to be done differently in your own home. You'll have an easier time doing this when actually inside the home, versus looking at photos. For instance, you might notice that the kitchen feels small. Then, you can ask what size it is and request that they design yours a bit bigger.
Look into the area's HOA.
This is something your designer and builder should do for you, but it's best to also do it yourself so you know what you're getting into. If there is a homeowners association (HOA) in effect, there may be certain rules or guidelines you have to follow when building the home. For example, you might be required to have railings on any raised patios or porches. You don't want to find out about these requirements for the first time when your home is already standing!
Ask about warranties.
When you move into your new home, you don't want to have to worry about the fridge breaking or the bathroom counters coming unattached. So, ask your builder about warranties on the various materials and appliances. If you're not happy with the warranties on some products, you can ask the builder to use different products with better warranties. The warranties give you a lot of peace of mind once you move in.
Map out the outlets.
The placement of the outlets really has an impact on how you live in the home. They determine where you place your furniture, how many items you can plug in, and so forth. So, review outlet placement with your builder early on, and don't hesitate to ask them for changes if you want the outlets in different spots.
Having a custom home built takes some work, but if you make sure you include the steps above, you'll be on the right track.
Contact a custom home builder near you to learn more.