After a long hunt for your dream home, it’s easy to feel discouraged. Tiny bathrooms, outdated kitchens and awkward layouts plague even the most stunning of homes. It’s no surprise that so many home buyers turn to custom built homes when shopping for their ideal house. With so many options for customization, it’s the best way to have your homeowner dreams fully realized. Building something from nothing, though, can be a disaster if you’re not fully prepared. Keep an eye out for three of the most common custom build pitfalls:
Not Keeping the Future in Mind
It’s easy to get caught up in your immediate needs when designing your custom home. The reality is, though, that you’ll likely be spending many happy years in your new place, and you’ll want a house that can age well with you. Before building, consider how your family might grow or change over the next few decades. Extra bedrooms can come in handy if you anticipate having children. Consider, too, the physical limitations you might face as you get older. A master bedroom on the second floor might not seem like a big deal now, but as age, climbing those stairs can become more and more of a challenge.
Forgetting Resale Value
Designing your dream home can be a lot of fun, but it’s important not to get too carried away with the quirky touches you put on your living space. An oddly configured room, unusual doorway or strange layout might make sense to you but can be tough for future buyers to stomach. If you’re going to embrace offbeat style choices, make them in ways that can be altered to a more neutral option down the line. A bright purple wall can be repainted, but a dome ceiling isn’t as easily changed for resale.
Making Changes After Plans Have Been Finalized
When you’re building the home of your dreams, you want it done right. It’s tempting, however, to make tweaks and changes even after plans have been finalized. Doing so can throw a wrench in the entire plan for the house, though. Anytime revisions are requested, professional alterations must be undertaken, factoring in things like support beams, wiring and more. Even the simplest change can result in a delayed completion date, not to mention higher costs.
If you’re excited about building your custom home, reach out to us to avoid any of these (or other!) potential mistakes.