Written By: Curtis Fisher
What do you do when none of the homes on the market meet your needs? You start from scratch! Building a custom home is a great way to get the house of your dreams without compromising; however, it’s also a lot more complicated than buying an existing home. There are many steps and people involved in the process. But the most important aspect is the team you’ll be working with. After setting a budget for your custom home, you need to hire professionals who can turn your dream home into a reality. Not sure where to start? These are the five pros you want by your side as you prepare to build a custom home.
A Home Builder
Of course, you can’t build a home without a home builder. A custom home builder serves as the general contractor to bring your home plans to reality. A builder secures permits, hires subcontractors to handle everything from framing to plumbing, and oversees the work to ensure your custom home project goes according to plan.
In order to build a custom home, you need a place to put it. Location matters just as much as design — if not more — when building a home, but choosing a lot is harder than it seems at first glance. In addition to the right location, you need a lot with a topography and soil type that’s suitable for building. It’s also a good idea to choose a developed lot with utility lines already running to it. While it’s possible to modify lots before building, doing so means a big spike in construction costs. A real estate agent with experience in land buying can walk you through the due diligence required to ensure the land you purchase is suitable for your home.
Before you hire someone to build your house, you need to design it. An architect prepares a rendering of a home plan that fits both your needs and your vision. Once building plans are complete, you can submit them to your lender and builder to move forward with construction. While plenty of home builders have architects on staff, many homeowners prefer to hire an outside architect.
You may choose to hire a separate architect because you like their work or because the architect has the expertise needed to work with a unique piece of land. Keep in mind, however, that hiring an independent or freelance architect could mean higher costs than working with your home builder’s architect. You’ll also want to hire the right professional who can coordinate with the rest of your home building team throughout the construction process; that means not only talent, but communication skills and professionalism are key.
A Residential Designer
While there’s some overlap between architects and residential designers, the two professionals fill slightly different niches when it comes to building a custom home. While both professionals consider beauty and function, an architect’s expertise lies in engineering and building codes, whereas a residential designer focuses on the design choices that make your home beautiful, livable, and sell-able. Hire a residential designer for help with choosing the right fixtures and finishes for your custom home.
A Home Inspector
Even with a great home builder, it’s a good idea to hire an independent home inspector to review the construction once it’s complete. A third-party home inspector can catch issues that your building team may have missed so you don’t find yourself facing repairs on a brand-new home. When you’re making an investment as big as a custom home, you want to be confident that everything is just right.
Hiring all of these professionals may sound like a lot of work, but it’s a smarter choice than trying to serve as your own project manager. Once you’ve hired a trustworthy team for your custom home project, you can step back and let the professionals manage your build. With a great team on your side, you know your dream home is in good hands.
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