Custom Homes

How Best to Communicate with Your Home Builder

When you've made the decision to build a custom home, you'll be filled with excitement, nerves, and maybe feel a bit stressed. It's quite a journey and it's important to ensure you get the home you're picturing when you first start the process.

Choosing the right custom home builder is a great start, but you need to be able to communicate with your builder, too. Without clear communication, you may not get what you want. Here are a few great tips to help you communicate with your home builder.

Custom Home builder holding blueprints envisioning a home

Choose Your Preferred Communication Method

It's best to choose the way you prefer to communicate and let the builder know this is how you will be communicating. Whether you prefer to talk face-to-face, over the phone, or via email, you need to inform your builder so they will be on the same page.

You should also discuss how often you would like to communicate and even meet with your builder. You need to feel comfortable, so make sure you choose a custom home builder willing to communicate in the way you prefer.

Don't be Shy

If you don't speak up, your builder won't know what you want. Make sure you say what you think and communicate your feelings. If you don't like a paint color, say so. If you prefer a specific type of tile for the bathroom, don't be shy, tell your builder.

It's better to speak up than to end up with something you don't like. Ask questions, tell your builder what you're thinking, and make sure you're honest or you could end up with features of your home you really don't like.

Avoid Blaming

When the project has started and something doesn't go quite as planned, it can be easy to want to place blame. It doesn't matter whose fault it was, as long as a solution can be found and the issue can be resolved.

Instead of placing blame, take the time to communicate with your builder to find a solution to the problem. Most issues can easily be solved with the right communication.

Get Regular Status Updates

You should never feel like you're just left out of the process with no clue how far along your custom home is during the building process. You need to know what's going on and regular status updates should be scheduled ahead of time.

Yes, delays happen and things come up, but a weekly email or even a bi-weekly phone call can be a great way to know where your home is in the building process. You need to be an active participant in the process and regular status updates will help to ensure you know what's going on with your new home.

One of the most important parts of guaranteeing you get the home of your dreams is communicating with the builder. It's important to use the tips above and build a great working relationship with your builder to ensure you get the best custom home you could possibly imagine. Contact Powell Custom Homes today for all your home building needs in the Kalamazoo area!

A Beginner’s Guide to the Custom Home Building Process

You've decided you want to build a custom home, but you're not really sure what to expect. The process of building a new home can be a bit daunting, especially as a beginner. Below you will find our beginner's guide to custom home building to help show you what to expect.

Everything Starts and Ends with the Budget

When building a custom home, your budget will dictate many of the decisions. This is where you want to start. You want to find out how much you can spend and what the total budget will be.

Once you have a budget, you want to make sure you take the time to consider what's most important to you. When it comes to upgrades, the actual property your home will be on, and anything else that needs to be factored into the budget.

Choose Your Land

After you've set a budget and you know what a lender will approve, you can start shopping for the right lot. You want to consider the neighborhood, the overall location and the actual land you will be building on. The slope/flatness will play a factor and some lots may be more expensive to prepare than others.

Builder and Design Comes Next

Next, you need to select a builder and get your custom home designed. There are several things to consider with the builder and the design of your new home.

Selecting a builder should include plenty of time researching and finding the right builder for your needs. Consider the size, layout, features, upgrades and overall design you want before you select a builder. Some builders may not offer exactly what you want.

Consider all the Details

Your new custom home will be your home for many years, so you want to consider all the details. Look at the design all the way from layout to the different features of each room. Make sure the home you've designed is just as you would like it and will serve you and your family well for many years.

Custom Home Building blueprints and framework

Go Through the Building Process

Once you've handled all the above details, it's time to start building. The building process will include the following steps:

  • Site preparation and foundation pouring

  • Rough framing construction

  • Rough plumbing, HVAC, and electrical installation

  • Insulation installation

  • Drywall and interior textures installation

  • Install exterior finishes

  • Finish interior trim

  • Install driveway and walkways

  • Install flooring and countertops

  • Install bathroom fixtures, mirrors, and shower doors

  • Finish all interior and exterior trim

  • Finish exterior landscaping

Once everything is completed, you will do a final walkthrough with the builder before moving in. During the walkthrough, you will receive your warranty information and have the opportunity to have anything fixed or adjusted that isn't correct.

Building a custom home can seem overwhelming. However, with the right builder, you'll be a part of every step of the process. This can make it much easier to understand what's going on and what to expect next. Make sure you take the time to hire the right builder for your new custom home.

How to Find the Right Property for a Custom Home

Building a custom home is an exciting thing. However, finding the right property for your custom home has to be done first. Without the right property, you may not be as excited about your new home. Here are some tips to help you find the right property for your new home.

Location, Location, Location

As with anything in real estate, location is the key. Not only will it matter when it's time to sell, but it also matters now. You don't want to be out in the middle of nowhere, if you like to get out and enjoy the city. However, if you prefer the country-style of living, you may want a property out in the middle of nowhere.

It's important to consider the type of location you prefer. A community under development could lead to neighbors in the future. Of course, the location will also determine your commute. Check out some of the neighborhoods where we are currently selling or building custom homes -

Powell Custom Homes - new home on Martell

Amenities Nearby

Do you want to be near shopping, dining and entertainment options? What about parks and places to walk your dogs? Make sure you check the local area for the type of amenities you prefer. It's important for you to choose a property found close to the things you will use the most.

Consider the Slope

The slope of the property will impact what can be done and how the home is placed. It's also important to consider when it comes to the view. A sloping lot can also allow you to have a walk-out basement, which can be a nice feature.

Know the Restrictions and Limitations

The last thing you want to do is purchase a property for your custom home only to find out you cannot get the home you hoped for. Every HOA has different rules and restrictions. You want to make sure you understand these, along with the local zoning laws before you make your decision. This is especially important in historic districts and for properties that may have environmental limitations.

Understand How the Home will Fit the Property

When you look at a property it's important to understand how your home will fit onto the property. You should understand the cost for cleaning the land and grading before you choose. It's also important to know the side of the lot and how your dream home will fit, along with how much space will be left for a yard.

Confirm the Utilities

You want to make sure you won't have to deal with any hidden costs for sewer connection or water connection. Make sure you have everything you need, such as high-speed cable or even fiber optics. The key with utilities is to have no surprises as they can eat at your budget.

Work with a Professional

Choosing a professional to help you with your custom home building is the best way to ensure you find the right property for your new home. The right builder will help you choose a property that your dream home will easily fit on and will give you a location you will love. Give us a call at (269)668-5227 and we’ll be sure to get you moving in the right direction!

When it's time to build a custom home, make sure you choose the right property. It's not as easy as choosing any lot that's the right size. There are several things to consider and working with a professional is a great way to ensure you're protected throughout the process. Contact Powell Custom Homes today!