Guest post from Redlands Mesa Golf Course www.redlandsmesa.com
When considering a custom built home, communication with your builder is key. Custom built homes are unique in that there's not another one like it in your neighborhood. You're able to choose your layout, size and structural components as well as upgrades and options to add on. Keep these three questions in mind to ask your builder about a custom built home.
What are the home's standard features and are there options and upgrades I can choose?
Your builder likely specializes in a particular type of home that you can add on with your own custom features and upgrades. Inquire about the builder's standard features, from the concrete basement floors and foundations to the insulation and interior wall coverings. Other standard features touch on cabinets and flooring as well as windows and doors. Upgrades and options may include extra-tall upper cabinets rather than standard cabinets that reach to the ceiling, perfect if you're in the kitchen a lot and need the extra storage, says the National Association of Realtors.
Who will be overseeing the project and who should be my point of contact?
The project manager is the one that is typically available for communication with clients. He or she can keep you abreast of the project's progress, any issues that have come up during construction and budgetary restrictions. Keep this person's number handy. If you need to get into the home to make any decisions on upgrades, have questions or just want to see the progress, you should get in touch with the project manager first.
Do you offer any energy-saving features in your custom-built homes?
If going green is important to you, find out where the builder intends to incorporate energy-saving components for you, whether that involves solar panels and shingles or efficient walls and windows. Your builder may also have homes that feature energy efficient air ducts, appliances, cooling equipment and lighting that meet Energy Star requirements and that will save you money in the long run.