Questions a Custom Homebuilder Can Answer for You
Working with a custom homebuilder gives you many advantages over buying an existing home, or one that’s one of dozens being built at the same time. Any home buyer, whether it’s your first build or your tenth, has a mountain of questions during the process.
What’s the Best Design for Us?
Your custom homebuilder will listen to your wish list and help you determine the best home design for your needs, location, and budget. If your builder has been in business for a long time, they’ll have an almost uncanny knack for helping you choose a design that’s a perfect match for your family.
What about all the Red Tape?
You’ll also probably have questions about your location’s building codes and the whole permitting process. Because your custom homebuilder has been doing this a while, the maze of permits, inspections, and approvals is familiar territory for them. There’s no need to fear getting stuck in that quagmire.
What’s Included? What’s Extra?
A custom builder is ideal for building the home of your dreams. It’s important to understand exactly what’s included in what you’re paying – and what’s going to require an additional investment. Be perfectly clear on these details before you get started, and you’ll minimize the number of surprises you encounter along the way.
What’s THIS? and THAT?
Early on in the whole process, you’ll get to see your house plans. They may make perfect sense to all the tradesmen working on your home – but it should be no surprise if they look like random sets of lines to you. Your custom homebuilder can decipher all those lines, boxes, and marks, and help you visualize every detail of your home. Many bits of these plans will be systems in your home that you’ll never give another thought to – but some represent details you’ll be very aware of, so make sure you ask about anything that seems unclear to you.
As the home building process continues, you’re guaranteed to come up with new questions and ideas. Maybe you’d like to change something, swap one element for another, or upgrade an appliance or finish. Some of these changes are easy enough to incorporate, while others (depending on the timing) may cause a major challenge in completing your home on budget and on time. It’s always worth asking the question, though, and the sooner you think to ask, the better. With advanced notice, many of these changes can be incorporated in the home plan without causing a problem.
Why Is This XYZ Like This?
During the build, you’ll come to understand the whole principle of things looking much, much worse before they look better. A home under construction is full of items that are halfway done, areas that are dangerous, and elements that look just plain strange. Most custom homebuilders will allow and even encourage you to check in and watch the progress. You’re likely to see things that will give you new questions. Go ahead and ask! To the builder, none of this is a mystery – and they understand that none of it looks familiar to you, so they’re happy to answer all your questions.
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McGuinn Construction Management has been serving Columbia area customers since 1995. For more information about custom homebuilders and the Custom Home System, visit McGuinn's website at www.mcguinnhomes.com, or call the office at (803) 917-5583.