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My Love of Remodeling


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My Love of Remodeling

Hello I'm Risa Lee. When my husband and I bought our first home, it was with the intention of doing some major remodeling. We liked the basic floor plan, and it was cheap, but other than that, nothing was right about the house. It took us a while to get started because neither of us had the time or the knowledge. Finally, there was a summer when he had a three-week vacation. Instead of going on a trip, we used our time and money to finally get started on our remodel. To our surprise, we both fell in love with amateur construction! We have since bought and remodeled a few other homes because we love it so much. We're in no way professionals, but please feel free to join in our love and experience in basic construction. Maybe you will learn something!

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Important Tips to Remember When Working with a Custom Home Builder

If you're having a home built from nothing, then you will need to work with a custom home builder. They can draw up plans and bring your dreams to life. So that this relationship goes smoothly from start to finish, keep in mind these tips.

1. Choose the Right Home Builder

The first part of having a new home built is choosing the right home builder. They should be someone you can trust completely and possess the skills and patience to bring forth your dream home in an effective manner. Experience is a major plus as far as quality home builders. It shows you that they've seen a lot of things and know how to avoid major pitfalls. You also want a custom home builder that is easy to work with. They should be open to your plans and keep their lines of communication always open.

2. Set a Budget

An important aspect of building a new home with a professional builder is coming up with a budget. Only then will the builder be able to make the right plans and access the right materials that fall in line with your particular financial situation. It's important to be realistic about this budget. How much can you truly afford on a new home based on the income and expenses you currently have. You'll want to talk to the builder too when discussing this budget, as they may have insights that can help you choose the right price range.

3. Have an Official Contract Made

Before any sort of planning or building commences, it's first important to have an official contract drawn up with the custom home builder that you've selected. Then this relationship will be official and you'll have adequate protection from a legal standpoint. In this contract, you want to list out how much the home builder is to be paid and the timeline for various stages of the build. You may also include incentives in the contract so that you can keep delays to a minimum. If everything looks great, you and the builder can sign the contract and start working right away.

It's a dream for many people to have new homes built. If you're in this position and are working with a custom home builder, you need to approach this relationship correctly. Know what to look for in a home builder and take the right precautions throughout this process. You can then avoid a bunch of obstacles.