Are you getting ready to hire custom home builders to help you build your dream home? Here are a few important questions to ask any prospective contractor you consider working with:
Can a Base Design Be Provided?
You may have an idea of the basic design you want for your home and the features that you want to incorporate into the design, but unless you have every aspect of the design figure out, you will need a base design to work from so that you can develop the design and make it your own. Therefore, it is a good idea to find out whether the custom home contractors you consider working with will provide you with a base design or whether you need to source your own base design.
The base design should include any design ideas and features that you already have in mind so that you can see how your ideas play out in practice. You will then have an opportunity to decide whether you want to keep or change your design and feature ideas as you complete the design of each room in your new custom dream home.
How Many Design Changes Can Be Made?
Once you have designed your custom home—and while your contractor gets ready to start the building process—you may decide to make a design change or two for whatever reason. So, it is important to find out now how many design changes you will be able to make and how long you will have to make changes before you will be locked into your overall design.
Your contractor may allow you to make one change for free and then charge you for additional changes. They may also provide you with a deadline for making changes. Knowing about any fees and deadlines associated with making design changes now will help ensure that you can properly budget for the design process and are prepared to make tough decision on a strict timeline.
What Kinds of Material Options Will be Available?
It is also a good idea to ask your custom home building contractor what kinds of building materials will be available to you when designing and building your new home. If you have specific types of materials in mind, make a list of them and ask your contractor to verify that they can source those materials when building your home. Your service provider should be able to source a variety of material types in addition to the specific materials you know you want to utilize in your home build.