What You Need to Know Before Starting a Custom Build

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Building your own home can come with a lot of perks. Having total control over the architecture, materials, and design sounds ideal; but that many decisions can come with a ton of stress! When you’re ready to begin designing your dream home, here’s how you can avoid the most common mistakes people make in their custom builds.

Prepare For Decision Fatigue

Starting from scratch with your dream home means that every component of your home is up to you, and only you. From the cabinet materials to the window style, you get to make the final call on each and every detail. Making the final call on your home’s most finite details can be exhilarating and exhausting. Stay focused by making a “must-have” list before the first slab is laid in the foundation.

Do a mental walk-through to determine where you want natural light, how your rooms should flow into one another, and what materials you want to use or avoid throughout your space. When your basic, big-picture “must-haves” are planned out, move into the aspects of your home that will affect your daily life. Do you want the laundry room to be close to the bedrooms? How will it feel carrying groceries into the kitchen from the driveway? The more you can visualize your home and hammer out your must-haves beforehand, the less decision fatigue you’ll run into later.

Consider Your Home’s Return on Investment

Even if you’re designing this house to be your family’s forever home, you never know what the future will hold. Find a balance between customizing and cutting corners to build a home that your family will love now and later. Splurge on the things that matter, and your build will stand the test of time through any design trends or market shifts.

For example, builder-grade materials may be easier and cheaper upfront, but you don’t want to pay for countertops you hate if you’re only going to replace them in a few years. Most materials that automatically come in a standard option are flooring, appliances, lighting, plumbing fixtures, and trim. Do some price comparisons to see which amenities are worth upgrading - not only for your family’s enjoyment but also for your home’s long-term value.

Location, Location, Location

It’s the golden rule of real estate for a reason! The neighborhood, region, environment, and school district your home is built in will all influence your home’s value and your family’s future. Do some research on HOAs in the area if you’re moving into a suburban area. If you’re building on a large plot of land, take time to study the region’s natural vegetation and wildlife so you can be prepared to meet nature’s neighbors. Lastly, your dream home deserves a view you can love for a lifetime.

Legacy Broker Group can help you find the most perfect property for your custom build, whether you’re searching for land in the Texas Hill Country, ranches for sale in Northeast Texas, or waterfront properties along the Upper Gulf Coast.

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