When you’re ready to buy a home, you likely have a mental image of what you want your home to be. From the architectural style to the floor plans, you have an idea of what you’re looking for in a future residence. Despite having a great realtor in a buyer’s market, you may not find what you want among resales and new construction. Now it’s time to consider a custom-built home and here’s what you should know.
Developing a Plan
A picture paints a thousand words and sometimes what’s in your head doesn’t translate to words. Come up with a “vision board” that has pictures of the things you’d like to see in your home. Examples of styles, layouts, fixtures and finishes help you visualize your goal. When you hire a professional architect or custom home builder to get started, these visual aids make it easier for the pros to get started on the design of your house.
Considering Your Location
Location is an important consideration, regardless of the type of home you want to buy. When you’re going with a custom-built option, you need to think about the lot that your home will sit on. If it’s an empty lot in an established neighborhood, there may be permitting rules and other restrictions regarding the type of structure that can be built. If you’re building on a lot that is somewhat remote, you’ll have to think about access to utilities. You may need to consult a water company in MD for connection to water conveyance pipelines.
Counting the Costs
Custom homes are usually more expensive and take longer to build. The extra effort will be worth it when you’re enjoying a house that’s built to your exact specifications. You may find your life in limbo as you’re waiting for the completion of construction.
Sometimes the right house is the one that’s in your head. A custom home is a great option, but you’ll need to prepare for the extra effort, time and money involved. It will be worth it in the end.