Having a custom home built is a dream come true for many. However, if it lacks proper planning and research, it can easily become any homeowner’s worst nightmare. With nearly limitless options to choose from, it is very easy to see your budget get out of hand.
Dawol Homes have helped several clients in building their dream custom home and in creating a strategic budgeting plan to make sure they are prepared throughout the construction process. Provided below are a few key guidelines that can help make sure that you do not wind up in over your head.
Who Builds Your Home Matters
Having a custom home constructed is a significant financial and emotional investment. Therefore, it is important to choose a custom home builder that you can trust. Do not just agree to work with the first charming person that you come across with. Choose an honest and transparent builder because he can help you save money. In case you cannot start candid conversations from the beginning about the markups, budget, or subcontractors then you may just have to continue looking for a better fit.
Set A Budget, Know The Scope Of The Work
The more detailed the budget and the plan, the easier it will be for you and your custom home builder to prevent any unexpected expenses. Set an allowance for fixtures. Choose where to purchase the materials and determine the expenses that are not included in the scope of the contract. These are crucial points to talk about because they can significantly change the bottom line for the construction of your home.
When you are constructing a house from the ground up, there are going to be countless decisions that you had no clue were coming. What kind of wood do you want to use for your floors? Do you prefer standard or planks? What finish? Stain? Check out interior design websites so you can prepare yourself in making an informed decision once the time comes. Keep in mind that deciding on the fly can cost you.
You Will Always Encounter Something Unexpected
Since construction projects could easily go over budget, it is important for you to build your custom home in a contingency cushion. It is recommended that you have between 10 and 15% contingency for the budget and expected completion date. Given that, do not hesitate to be assertive. You should push back when needed. There might be real issues that come up during the construction process that will slow things down. However, if those issues are costing you too much money, you do not need to just listen politely and take it as it is. You should advocate for your stake in the process.
Research is Key
Find friends who have gone through a similar process or ask your builder for some referrals. Ask them about their experience. What do they regret not including in their budget? What caused them to go over budget? Learn from their mistakes so you can save time and money.
Compare prices from one shop to another to make sure that you are getting the best deal. You should also take full advantage of the builder’s discount. Always remember that your builder will get better rates with suppliers.
Be On The Job Site
If your Myrtle Beach custom home is being built, have someone visit the site every single day. You need to know the number of people working on your home and what they are doing at any given time. In case you notice a subcontractor who you are not familiar with, find what his job is.
Call Dawol Homes if you have finally decided that you want your dream home built by a professional and reliable team of custom home builders.
3100 Dick Pond Rd # E
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588