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By: Tom Radz | 08/03/22 |

Things to Know When Building a Custom Home

Starting the process of building your dream custom home can be both an exciting and daunting experience, especially if you don’t know where to begin. Aside from the necessary hoops you need to jump through to secure the needed financing for the project, there are still a number of additional steps that can become frustrating if you have not done your research.

The construction of any building is a very involved process, so the more you know about each step can help you avoid any pitfalls along the way. Those pitfalls usually translate to higher costs, and the more custom you look to make your home, the more you can expect costs to start piling up if you haven’t done your homework.


One of the ways future custom homeowners drive up the price of their builds is by choosing materials that need to be sourced overseas. With the recent backlog in the supply chain, you could be waiting on materials quite some time. Not only will this add to the timeline of your project, but shipping costs have skyrocketed over the past two years. Securing materials from outside of the United States will weigh heavily on your bottom line.

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To put it simply, do your research. Understand what you want going into the process and make sure that you can not only afford it, but that it is a decision with which you are comfortable. Last-minute changes at any step of the project can be costly on a number of levels. Design or material changes, as well as additions can cause significant delays, and therefor drive up the cost considerably.

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Making the commitment to building your dream home should be reciprocated by a builder that is committed to doing it right. Not only that, but you want to make sure whatever construction firm you choose, they have experience in the residential sector. Since this home was originally your vision, you will have to work hand-in-hand with this general contractor, so it may be a good idea to choose one that has an in-house architecture department. This will ensure the process is not only streamlined, but done in a seamless way where the architect and general contractor are always on the same page.