Building a custom home requires hiring the right professionals. It is also important to have an understanding of what you want in a home and the ability to share your vision with your general contractor. It is often difficult to know where to start if you lack experience. When you are ready to build a new house that fits your specific needs, there are a few essential steps to take.

Finance the Home

Obtaining the funds to build your Alair Homes Tri-Cities property is a necessary part of the process. This helps to narrow down the budget. A pre-approval also ensures that you can hire the right professionals and begin construction in a timely manner. Discuss your plans with a lender experienced in providing loans for custom homes. This helps to avoid complications and makes building a smoother process. It is also important to set aside 10 to 20 percent of the cost of the house for the down payment. Lenders look closely at credit scores. Work to increase your score to 680 or greater before applying to increase your chances of securing the best rates and loan terms.

Your builder can help you find a lender and understand how to complete all of the paperwork when getting started.

Hire a Team of Professionals

The team that works on your home should offer value, integrity and experience in building custom homes. Browse the portfolios of any general contractors you are considering. Ask for references, and check to see if they are associated with any professional trade organizations. The general contractor or builder is the most important person clients work with. They are responsible for managing your sub-contractors and ultimately held accountable for the quality, workmanship and customer service experience.

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Budget for the Design of the Home

Set aside a portion of your budget to design the interior setting so it fits your taste and lifestyle. It is often helpful to search for inspiration for the design of the house to ensure that you know how you want the bathrooms, kitchen, and entryway to look. Find images and create an inspiration board that you can pass on to your builder.

The builder can review your plans and provide an estimate for how much the design will cost. You may need to make a few adjustments to avoid overspending and remain on budget.

When working with Alair Homes Tri-Cities, our team can provide you with a list of recent homes built to give you an opportunity to see different styles and consider new design trends. When planning, it is also important to decide how much money you want to spend on appliances and even furnishings. Establishing your financial plan makes it easier to decide which materials to use and avoid surprise costs once construction is complete.

Building a new home helps your family to get everything you want. It also offers the highest level of control over which features are important to you. With a bit of imagination and creativity, it is possible to enjoy a smooth process and incredible results.