Thinking of Building Your Dream Home? Top 6 Things You Should Know
1. Hire The Right Builder
I can’t stress this enough! Communication with your builder needs to be stronger than the communication in your marriage. Seriously. If you don’t tell them what you want, how are they going to know? Be specific, and make sure you are all on the same page.
2. Have an Agent Represent You! Use ACR Realtors® It’s FREE
The cost of hiring a real estate agent is included in the purchase price of the newly constructed home. That means that the Realtor is essentially free for the buyer to use. It will not cost them a dime to hire one, making it a no risk proposition.
They can help you do research on the area and prices so you can be sure to get a fair price, be a part of the contract, as well as help you make good decisions on upgrades and other features that might be of interest for a specific area.
3. Make Sure You Have a 1-2-10 Warranty
If you are purchasing a new home, make sure you are protected by requiring your builder to provide you with a StrucSure Home Warranty so you can sleep better at night knowing you and your home are covered.
- Includes one-year coverage on items related to workmanship and/or materials
- Includes two-year coverage on items related to the electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling, ventilation, and mechanical systems
- Includes 10 years of coverage on major structural defects that affect the load-bearing components of a home
- Have the 1-2-10 warranty written into your new construction contract.
4. Your Builder and Architect Need to Work Together
When building a residential designer or architect can make your home design dreams a reality. Do your homework…interview and go with the person who will share your vision, listen to your needs and is excited to work with you on your future custom home.
5. Where to Save Money…
- Use and Interior Designer to help with selections. Angie Aguilar with 31 TWENTY-SEVEN DESIGN has saved me countless hours making selections time and time again. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Angie!
- Be Proactive and Plan for the Future.
- If you are thinking of an ice machine but don’t want to shell out the cash just yet have the builder go ahead and plumb for it. Same goes for a future outdoor kitchen or pool.
- Plumbing Fixtures
- Styles change so quickly; a homeowner could be replacing them in four or five years. If you do splurge, consider it in the master bath—not a guest room. Most visitors don’t pay that much attention to the faucets.
- Outdoor Amenities
- Don’t spend too much on pools, spas, and other exterior amenities like sport courts and pool slides.
- Secondary Bathroom Tile
- Use subway tile with a decorative trim.
- There is plenty of good-looking and durable flooring at reasonable prices. Use more economical selections in kids’ bedrooms and bathrooms.
- The Media Room
- With the advancement of home audio and the availability of larger TVs, you can save by not building a separate movie room. Opt for a nice setup in your living or game room instead.
6. Where to Splurge
- Energy Efficiency
- Spend on foam insulation (walls and ceiling), efficient AC systems, and good windows. Your energy bill will thank you.
- Don’t forget the exterior. Put your budget toward curb appeal.
- Opt for the best. It all starts here.
- Interior Finishes
- Outdoor Heating & Cooling
- Heating and cooling systems for the outdoors are definitely worth the splurge, especially in the summer.
- Electrical Fixtures
- Everyone notices the light fixtures the moment they walk in a room. Make it count.
- Kitchen and Master Bath
- Builders agree that you should save your dollars for the two most important rooms in the house: the master and the kitchen. Go higher end here with furnishings and finish-outs.