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Should you build?

Should you build?
August 1, 2016 Haley Page

Not everyone wants to buy a pre-built home.  Some would rather have one custom built.  I can understand why.  That way, you can get your dream-home exactly as you want.  If that’s what you are thinking, I have a few tips for you.

Your builder will do anything you like, but keep in mind that changes often increase your total cost.  It is to your benefit to plan out what you want well before ground has been broken.  Once they pour the foundation and put up the walls, it will be more expensive to make changes in floor plan or layout.

Before the drywall is up, make sure you have determined the location of wall plugs, ceiling lights, as well as cable, and Internet connections.  If you want to have a ceiling fan with light, that would be two wall switches.  Once the drywall is up, it’s a lot harder to make changes in these utilities.

Hire an inspector to help you make sure the house is being built properly.  The inspection should be done before the drywall is up and then once the house is complete.  At the pre-drywall stage, your inspector will have easy access to plumbing, electrical, and other elements of the house.  Ask your inspector to check for energy efficiency items.  For example, adding house wrap to the outside of the home and caulk to the sill plates will increase energy efficiency for little extra cost.  The inspector can also make sure that the flooring is installed correctly so that you avoid squeaky floors and stairs.  These little things are not expensive, but some builders won’t take the trouble to do them, if you don’t ask.  Since this is your home, it is well worth your while to make sure that everything is done right.