Having a home custom built for you can be a very rewarding experience. Being involved from the start allows you to choose a house plan and modify it to your specific needs. Following is a list of the recommended steps to follow if you decide to have a custom home built for you.
1. Arrange financing: Contact a bank or mortgage company to determine the price range of the home you qualify to buy.
2. Preview a builder: View homes constructed by the builder. These homes should meet your standards for the quality of construction and finish that you want in a home. If the builder’s product passes this test, contact previous customers of the builder to see if they were satisfied with the home built for them.
3. Arrange to meet the builder: Good communication is essential in building custom homes.
4. Choose a house plan: After selecting a builder to work with, you will meet with him or her to select a house plan.
1. Initial meeting: At the first meeting, we will discuss the budget, square footage, house style, types of finishes and specific house plans. Buyers often bring a wish list of the items they would like in a home. At this time, a rough cost estimate of the home can be made.
2. Firm price estimate: After a plan has been selected, a firm price can be given. The wish list will be costed out on a per item basis, allowing you the option of adding these items to the cost of the house.
3. Building contract: When the plan and price have been established, a contract or earnest money agreement for the purchase of the house will be written and financing arrangements will be made.
After financing has been arranged, house construction will begin.
1. When plans have been approved by the City, the foundation and underground utilities will be installed, and the house will be pre-plumbed and heated.
2. Rough framing starts after foundation inspections. It typically takes 2 to 4 weeks to frame a house. This is a good time to select roof color, brick type and exterior house color.
3. Upon completion of framing, the house will have rough plumbing, brick veneer, heating, siding and electrical wiring. As a buyer, you will be consulted as to the location of the electrical switches, plugs and TV/telephone jacks in your house. You may also add plugs, switches or lights to customize the house to your needs.
You should be familiar with your house by now. Any doubts or questions should be discussed with the builder before proceeding to the final phases of construction. Construction completed to date: foundation installed; underground utilities installed; house framed; roof, rough plumbing, rough heat and rough electrical installed; telephone and TV prewired; fireplace installed; brick veneer installed; siding installed.
4. After inspections, insulation will be installed and the sheetrock will be hung and finished.
5. The cabinets and finish woodwork are measured and ordered during the sheetrock process. Decisions and selections regarding countertops, backsplash style, appliances, floor coverings and lighting should be finalized at this time. If any of the walls in the house are to be left untextured for wallpaper, the contractor should be notified.
6. During sheetrock installation, concrete walks, driveway and patio will be installed. When sheetrock is completed, the interior will be painted, and chipboard, cabinets, countertops, interior woodwork, plumbing, electrical and carpet will be installed. While this work is underway, buyers are encouraged to inspect the house daily and report any deficiencies or omissions.
7. After the house is carpeted and cleaned, you will have the opportunity to meet with your builder and prepare a punch list of any items that may need touch-up or repair.
8. During the final phases of completion, the mortgage company is contacted for a completion inspection, and the title company is notified for closing.
9. After move-in, some clients may notice blemishes they want repaired, or they may find items that do not work properly. We will make arrangements to complete any items in a timely manner.
10. During the first year, the house will probably have some sheetrock cracks from settling and shrinkage. After you have been in the house a year, you may request another punch list for repairs.