Monday, December 5, 2011

Where Do I Find Custom Home Plans?

When you venture out towards building a custom home, there are so many things to consider. Where you will your plot of land be? Will you build completely custom or go with a semi-custom home? There are many options, and it can seem a little confusing at first. A lot of people don't understand where the actual house plans come from. Is it the buyer's responsibility to produce plans? Is there a ready-made place where they can acquire plans? Will the custom homebuilder assist with the plans?

It's easy to get sucked into the many house plans that are available on the Internet today. A simple Google search will show you numerous sites that provide both free and paid house plans. While this may be a good jumping-off point for you, you'll want to exercise some caution with these plans. First, you should ask yourself how much time and strategy went into the plans. Is it someone's dream house they sketched quickly, and with no expert advice? If so, you may find that there are some structural issues and/or gaps in building code. This can leave you with an undesirable house. It would be wise to use these plans a way to get ideas for your own, unique plan.

If you're purchasing a semi-custom home or a custom home, you'll find that your homebuilder should have some existing plans already in place. For semi-custom homes, you can add tweaks to the plans that make it custom. For example, maybe you add an additional car port, an additional bathroom, or a game room. You can choose other custom projects like the tiles and the countertops that go in the kitchen. For completely custom homes, most builders do have ready-made plans available that they've used before. Again, these should be a jumping off point to begin discussing your own personal needs and wants.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A First Time Buyer's Guide to New Home Builders

A new home may be the biggest investment you make in life. You should not settle for major compromises when it comes to the construction of the property. This is the reason why it is important you find the right developer for the new construction project. Buying a new property can get overwhelming. There are many considerations to keep in mind and chances are you will get frustrated. Knowing what to do will ease some of the anxiety and will make the process easier for you.

After settling on the location and budget, your first duty is to look for new home builders and eventually hire one. Here are some tips you should keep in mind before setting out on the task.

Choose new home builders with extensive experience in the business

Monday, October 17, 2011

Finding a Good Builder to Build Your Next Home

Building your own home the way you like is the new trend that everyone seems to be following. Many cities have old homes that were constructed over thirty years ago. A new home would be more stable and it would have a better market value when the time comes to sell it. Investors choose to build homes and sell them mainly because there is a large profit margin in the business. When building a home, you will need to have some capital. Without capital it is extremely hard to get a builder to work on your project. There are several builders in most markets, so you should look at some of their recently built homes to get an idea of how their craftsmanship is.

First, draw up a list of potential builders you will be using for your home. These builders should be both established and knowledgeable about the industry. The internet is a great place to start your search for a builder, as they list reviews and information on expertise. If a particular builder specializes in commercial buildings, you should leave them to it. Focus on home builders that have experience in building the type of home you want to purchase. Once you have found your builder, run a check on the company and the people that you are dealing with. You can use online resources to get information on the builder.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

How to Conduct Interviews With Home Builders

Hiring the wrong builder to build your house or any building project can be very costly. That's why you need to be very careful with the builder company that you are going to choose. You need to do a thorough research about them and make sure that they are worthy of your trust. You must select a company from a number of home builders you can find in your area. How will you do this will have a huge impact on how your house will be built later on.

The first step that you must make it so put together list of builders. How will you do this? Well, there's nothing better than the word of mouth. You will feel more secure if it's your close friends, families or anyone you know suggested a particular builder. So ask the people around you first for recommendation. One of them might know someone whose home was just finished and is impressed by their builder's job. If you can't find anyone, there are the local newspaper ads, yellow pages, and the internet. If you have your list, you can start doing a background check on each and every company on it. It may take a while but rest assured that it will be worthwhile afterwards. During this process, your list of builders might be trim down to three to five companies. If you have these numbers, your next step must be to interview these companies. If you don't know how to proceed with the interview, follow these tips.

Friday, August 12, 2011

There's No Place Like a Custom Built Home

You know it's time to buy a home but you're just not quite sure; should you hire a home builder to build a home for you, or simply buy an established home? ("Established" by the way, is a term that realtors employ... what they really mean by "established" is "used"). Sometimes, when you are looking to avoid hidden costs and headaches, a custom home can be just the ticket.

Of course, there are advantages to both. Older homes come in established neighborhoods, and can often be quite charming. The existing window treatments and household appliances are often included in the purchase, and the character of your neighbors is fairly easy to read from your surroundings. Plus, the upfront price for a "used" home is usually lower than for a newly built one.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ever Thought About Building Your Own Home?

Many think about building their own home but few ever get beyond the dream or even the TV property programmes that stimulate the dream. If you do look a little harder finding land, getting planning permission and commissioning a competent architect are hurdles that stop many in their tracks.

Let's start with the issue of finding land; always a good place to start. For many self builders the popular place to look is for old bungalows instead of open spaces of land which have become increasingly difficult to find. The advantage here is that a dwelling already exists on the land possibly with water, electric and gas already supplied. Assuming the property has little interest to the local authority it could mean you're in with a chance of getting permission to demolish and replace it. The internet also offers plenty of plot finding sites which are definitely worth checking. These sites will at least give you an idea of the going rate for building plots in the area you plan to build. Check out plots which may come up for auction and possible attend on auction day in order to get a feel for the prices they go for. Obviously you'll need to do your sums before committing to anything. Do you have much equity in your current house, or additional savings? Remember auctions will require almost instant payment and you need to have concluded you'll get permission to build before you get too carried away and start bidding.

Planning permission is possibly the step people dread most. Gaining permission can be a little less stressful if you present a plan which echoes local styles and possibly uses local material. This is not to say you can't push the boundaries a little, but it's often better to remain somewhat conservative with your ideas. If you present an ambitious plan, good for you, but keep in mind a fallback position if it's wholeheartedly thrown out by the local authority. Again the internet offers lots of advice as to how to go about getting permission. Home-build magazines are also great for chase studies and stories of how people dealt with their local planning office which will both frighten and motivate you in equal measure.