Out of all the people that you will ever meet or have any extensive dealings with one of the most important will be your new home builder. This person along with their agents and representatives will shape and in some ways specifically determine how you will spend the next 20 or more years. The impact they have is not only on where you live but what you will live in and, most importantly, how much it will cost to live there.
When having a custom home built for yourself you want to not only choose the best builder you can find for your project but also someone that you can deal with. House construction is about more than just the technical aspects of the building. It is about the meshing of different personalities into a single relationship. Your home builder needs to get inside your head to be able to design, plan and execute a project which will bring satisfaction to all involved.
The choices that one must make are wide and varied. Things like what shape will the home take? What appliances will be installed? What about the lighting and plumbing fixtures? Does the tile floor work better than carpet? Is pink really a good color for the dining room? Decisions, decisions, decisions. Only by working with and through your builder can you resolve these issues.
Your contractor will be able to guide and advise you as to the best working relationships between all of the many aspects of your home design. They will know which window treatments work best with your chosen style of windows. They have the expertise available to advise you on color schemes and coordinating features such as carpets, tile, and lighting fixtures. In addition, they work with landscapers that are familiar with plants that grow well in your geographic area and who can deliver what you seek in outdoor adornment.
Some of the other areas of expertise that your builder will be able to provide are in the arena of financing. They often work with various lending institutions and with a particular bank on their own. Through them, you can learn about the various options available for both construction financing and for final mortgage conversion. The builder will most definitely feel less concerned about being paid their progress payments when the financing is being handled by an institution that has dealt with before.
Besides, the aspects of the construction itself and the advice regarding financing your builder will be your prime source for legal matters regarding your house planning. They will be aware of and able to secure all permits required to start and complete your home project. Some localities require an environmental study before a permit can be issued. Others require special soil sampling before the drilling of a well or installing a septic tank. Some other legal concerns your new home builder will guide you through are any special permits required for running power to your home site, special landscaping restrictions or other local oddity requirements. Most of these obscure rules can and do stop construction in its tracks and restarting the building process can be very expensive. So when you are ready to begin building your future residence, choose wisely when looking for a builder to construct your dreams.