Building A House? 3 Things To Discuss With Your Contractor

When my husband and I purchased our first home, the process was stressful, but we settled on one we liked enough to live in temporarily until we expanded our family. When moving time arrived, we both dreaded the expected stress. We ended up using a different real estate agent than we did the first time, and we made a great decision, because she had a lot of home remodeling knowledge! We were adamant on finally finding our "perfect" home this time. When she showed us homes that lacked features we desired that we would have "nixed" before, she let us know if the feature could be added, and usually it could! We are now in our new home that we had a few small renovations performed on after we bought it, and we love it! I want to help others by sharing some remodeling tips I learned on a blog!

Building A House? 3 Things To Discuss With Your Contractor

27 March 2020
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Finding the right home can be a challenge in many areas. Depending on local inventory, you may struggle to find a home that suits your needs, that's within your budget, and that is in the right location. If you are in this situation, building a house may be the ideal solution. A custom home allows you to get what you want when it comes to your new home in your desired location. But before you start the construction process, there are a few things that you need to discuss with your custom home building contractor.

What Features Are The Most Important

When building a custom home, it's crucial to discuss the features that you want with your home construction contractor. The more details you give about what's most important to you and your family, the better. You may even want to work with an architect to ensure that you have a floor plan that works for your needs. An architect will cost, on average, between $2,000 and $8,774. You want to make sure that you prioritize the features that are most important to you when building a house.

Your Budget

Another thing to discuss with your custom home contractor is your budget. Custom homes, since they are built to your specifications, cost more than previously built properties. The average custom home ranges in price between $100 and $400 per square foot. Discussing what you can afford with your contractor is essential. You will also want to make sure that you build in room in your budget for any extra expenses that may pop up. Setting aside 10 percent of your budget for the unexpected is recommended. 

How Long Construction Will Take

Building a new house does take time. How long it takes will depend on a few different factors. Whether or not the land being used needs to be prepared will play a significant role in how long the process takes. Adding utility lines and constructing the foundation can take weeks. The size of the house and local weather conditions will also impact the construction timeline. The typical schedule for a new construction home built to your specifications is between 10 and 16 months. The construction timeline is something you will want to discuss with your contractor throughout the construction process.

If you are building a house, there are a few things that you should discuss with your contractor. First, exploring and planning for the features that are most important to you is vital. Next, your budget is something that you need to plan and discuss in detail. The construction process can also take months. Keeping up to date on the timeline is essential when building a custom home. 

To learn more about the building process, contact a home construction contractor in your area.