The 5 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make When Building a Custom Home

The 5 biggest mistakes you can make when building a custom home

In darts, it’s OK to miss the bull’s eye. In fact, many of the best professional dart players in the world intentionally aim for spots on the board outside of the center area. If you don’t hit the bull’s eye in darts, you still (usually) score points.

A home, on the other hand, isn’t a game of darts. Custom home mistakes will cost you.

After all, your home is one of the biggest investments you will make. It’s crucial to have a plan for keeping things on track. To do that, here are some things you will need to avoid:

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1. Choosing a Poor Location

This decision can make or break your custom home build for a variety of reasons. A bad location can impact both the value of your home (if other properties are selling for lower amounts) and the peace of mind you enjoy at home (if you’re located by a busy street or intersection). You can avoid this mistake by doing your research thoroughly before you build.

2. Not Reviewing Deed Restrictions

Once construction is complete, there’s nothing you can do about deed restrictions, so review them ahead of time. There may be conditions you want to be aware of such as how many pets you can own, the color of your home and features of your home can all vary, so avoid any properties that are too restrictive for your needs.

3. Forgetting About Delays/Overages

It’s easy to forget that a custom home build is a process. As such, there can be overages or delays in the building process. Build some flexibility into your timeline and budget and you’ll avoid the stresses of dealing with unexpected (and unwanted) issues related to time/money. Avoid this mistake by making sure there is wiggle room in your budget. 

4. Having an Unrealistic Budget

You want to build your dream home, yes, but your budget will dictate the custom home features you’re able to afford. Costs add up fast, so make sure your budget is realistic and that you build in some extra room in case there are any delays/overages, as mentioned above.

5. Not Selecting the Right Builder

Finally, another one of the biggest mistakes you can make when building a custom home is to choose the wrong custom home builder. Just because a builder offers the lowest price doesn’t mean they’ll deliver the same custom home as a builder who is more expensive. When considering your builder, avoid this mistake by checking the builder’s portfolio, doing your own research and asking the prospective builder any questions you may have.

You can’t afford to make mistakes when building a custom home. To partner with the best custom home builders in Houston, contact us today.