If you have been dreaming of building and owning a custom home, then it’s a good bet that you have a vision in your head of how you want it to look. Two stories, five bedrooms, a traditional kitchen, a big backyard—you can have it all with proper planning. Building a brand-new home is both exciting and scary, which is why you need knowledgeable people on your side to help plan, design and build, and to prevent you from making bad decisions.
With this in mind, below are three mistakes you want to try and avoid when going through the custom home building process in Sonoma County, CA.
Choosing a random lot
If you are lucky enough to already own a plot of land, then the early stages of the building process will be a little bit easier. For everyone else, there are some things you need to know before buying land to build your new home on. The most important tip is to not settle for just any plot of land. Don’t settle for a parcel of land just because it’s the last available one in a particular subdivision. Instead, choose land somewhere else that is in sync with the lot size, shape and view you desire.
Also, consider the surrounding infrastructure, like shopping centers, main roads, parks and other neighborhoods. Did you know that living in a good school district can improve the resale value of your home? Other costs associated with the home building process include installing water lines, sewer lines, electricity and other local utilities and building a driveway.
Being your own contractor
Obviously, you want to be involved in the custom home planning process, but there’s being involved in the decision making, and then there’s trying to be your own contractor. While taking on this responsibility can save first-time home builders money, it’s not necessarily the wisest choice. First, there are a number of skills a contractor or a builder needs. They need to know how to review building plans for potential problems, obtain building permits, order materials and track deliveries, hire a qualified building team and estimate all the building costs. These responsibilities can be overwhelming for someone who’s not familiar with handling building processes.
When you hire a custom home builder, he or she will be able to build your dream home on schedule, with as few delays as possible and within budget.
Making big purchases too soon
Building your new home is exciting. In fact, it can be so exciting that you want to celebrate by making big purchases, like buying a new car to park in the driveway or brand-new furniture to fill the entire house. While this is tempting, you should wait until after the mortgage paperwork is signed, or better yet, until after the house is built. Large purchases can change your debt-to-income ratio, which can impact how much your mortgage company is willing to loan out.
Luckily, all of these setbacks can be avoided by working with an experienced builder. Don’t hesitate to call ABA Custom Homes Inc. for more information about custom built homes in Sonoma County, CA!
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