Why choose a custom home builder?

home being custom built

Get the home of your dreams

When you reach that time in your life that you can afford a custom home to build from the ground up, it can be an exciting time, and it can be a headache, and it can be scary.  This is a home that you hope to spend the rest of your days in, or for the foreseeable future, anyway. There are custom home builders all around us these days, especially in this part of Texas.

Land developers are moving east, west, north, and south of the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex and custom home builders are flocking in with them. It is a sign of the times that the old-timers hate to see, but the younger, happening now group is ready to see it.

So, when it comes to having a custom home built, where do you start? Do you know how to find one out of all the custom home builders in the area that you want to live in? Do you have your own house plans, or do you want to choose from custom home plans that are offered by custom home builders with floor plans already designed and just waiting for your final touches?

With having a custom home built and choosing the right one from all the custom home builders are around today, how do you know you’re getting the right one for you? There are so many concerns and questions, and it is understandable because this is your home. It is an investment. You will spend a lot of time here and a lot of money.

How do I choose a home builder?

When you make that decision to travel the road of having a custom home built, the first decision is important: Choosing the right custom home builder FOR YOU. Just because your sister and her husband loved theirs, that doesn’t mean that is the right one for you. It also doesn’t mean that because a co-worker has had a horrible time with any of the custom home builders, they’ve used, it doesn’t mean you will too.   

You want a builder that will be a partner in this venture, a partner that will bring your dreams to life. A partner that will ultimately hand you keys to the house that is your forever home. This is not the time to settle for less.  We offer you these 5 tips to consider when you narrow down the right one out of the many custom home builders: 

Quality

For the money you’re paying, this isn’t a temporary place to rest your head. This will be your residence, your home, where your kids will grow up and the grandkids come to visit. You will entertain here; you will spend quiet nights and hectic days here. There will be birthdays and holidays celebrated and a place to relax on a rare Saturday afternoon. 

Repairs are the last thing you should need to be concerned with, especially with any of the structural systems critical to a home. The quality of a builder’s work should be the first thing you check into. Ask to take a tour of a completed past project and ask for a reference. As about the structural materials that are visible. 

Having a solid foundation throughout your home is key to the longevity of it, and experienced quality custom home builders use nothing less than high-quality products. From the framing in the beginning to the finishing touches like countertops and flooring. Ask all the custom home builders you’re considering what materials they use, so you’re getting the quality-built home that you’re paying for. 

Research

It’s overwhelming to narrow down the right one out of the many custom home builders out there today. Start your journey by researching where your future home will be located. Custom home builders stay in certain areas, so you can find out who is building in that area and browse their portfolios and floor plans. While we stated earlier that your sister and brother-in-law’s builder may not be for, it doesn’t hurt to get recommendations from others about local custom home builders. 

Transparency

Most custom home builders are fully transparent and will happily answer your questions right from the beginning. They will promptly provide a comprehensive estimate and timeline and share their philosophy. They will talk about the products that are used in their homes and the different people they work with, including contractors like electricians and plumbers. If any of the custom home builders you interview can’t provide you clear, straightforward answers, move on to the next one. 

Questions

If this is your first time to have a custom home built, you will have questions. Every custom home builder of quality shouldn’t have any problem with that. Remember, this is your money, and this will be your home. You may ask questions and be informed of the whole process. The only stupid question is one that isn’t asked. 

Communication

You want to find a custom home builder that you can connect with, including their design team. The ideal customer home building team will ask you questions AND listen to your answers, learn your goals, and see your vision. They will strive to understand what design and products will fit your lifestyle the best and connect your needs and wants early on so that headaches are avoided. 

Any custom home builder that takes too long in responding to you could be the sign you need to find another one. Custom home builders worthy of their reputation will always respond promptly, making you feel that you are the only customer they have.      

What questions should I ask a builder?

When you’re choosing one from the many custom home builders in this area, there are important questions you need to ask, and you need to get answers for them. The following questions can help you choose the custom home builder right for you and the home you want to create:

  • How long have you been in the custom home building business?
  • How many custom homes have you built?
  • Do you have full insurance and licensing for this area?
  • What are the most benefits of the custom homes you build?
  • What is your new home warranty?
  • Do you have references you can give me of prior custom homes you’ve built?
  • Do you have model homes for touring?
  • If not, can you make an appointment for me to see a custom home you’ve built?
  • What energy-saving features do your custom build homes feature?
  • Do you build custom homes from your plans or can you build from my plans?
  • What are the standard features do your custom-built homes?
  • What options and upgrades do you offer?
  • Who will oversee the construction of my custom-built home, the custom home builder vs general contractor?
  • Who should I contact with any questions I have, you or the general contractor?
  • Can I make changes or upgrades during construction?
  • When will I have the final price for my custom-built home?
  • Will I have access to my home while it’s being built?
  • How long will it take to complete my home?
  • Are there homeowner’s association fees or Architectural Review Committee?
  • What is your inspection process during construction?
  • Who will do the final walk-through with me?
  • How long will changes or corrections take after the walk-through?

What is the most expensive part of building a house?

The framing of a house is the expensive part of building a home when good quality wood is used, and framing a house takes a lot of wood. For an average 3-bedroom 2 bath house of average size, farming can cost upward of $25,000 or more. This includes framing studs, sheathing, and trusses.

Custom home and lovely garden

How can I save when building a house?

Buying a custom-built home isn’t cheap and will probably be the biggest investment in your life. There are things you can do that will save you some money though:

  • Set a budget you’ll stick to but flexible at the same time
  • Research several custom home builders and be selective
  • Look for custom home builders that are offering incentives
  • Research the appliances you have installed
  • Don’t be shy about fake wood floors
  • Go with the standard and budget for upgrades later

If you’re reading this because you’re about to start that custom-built home journey, congratulations! Our biggest advice we can give you is research, research, research and be flexible. A quality home builder will strive to meet your dreams and goals, but some things may be out of their reach and out of your budget. Flexibility is often the key to happiness.  Want to get started on your custom built home today in Weatherford and Aledo, TX? Call Open Prairie Custom Homes at (817) 736-6323!