Building your own home from scratch can come with great perks. When you custom build, it’s your choice what sort of luxuries you want to enjoy, however, taking on such a major endeavor is bound to come with a fair share of challenges.
At SRC Land, we believe everyone should be properly informed when it comes to building their dream home.
If you’re looking to settle down in Harlingen, but worry you won’t have your finances in order to make the purchase, contact our team of real estate experts to learn more about our seller financing options.
We are here to help you make your dream house a reality.
What are Common Issues When Building a Custom Home?
Look at your home design from different angles. Consider your current and future lifestyles. Be sure to meet with professionals and avoid poor design choices that can make your home downright impractical.
Unlike pre-built or semi-custom homes, each fully custom home presents its own unique set of challenges. It’s important to work with a trustworthy builder and architect. Custom designs tend to require professionals with well-honed skills and experience, which allow them to anticipate and solve the many problems that can arise during the building stage.
Issues Between Design and Budget
The best way to resolve this issue is to avoid it altogether. Oftentimes, a landowner designs their dream home without consulting a professional and before determining if their budget is sufficient for all their wants and needs.
The trick is to bring a builder or architect early in during the design phase so they can provide accurate quotes for every design version. If your home design and budget do not coincide at any point, you will know before it’s too late.
Delays are already common in real estate but custom builds can pose more problems. A delay in securing a permit is a very common reason houses take longer to build than expected.
Understanding the permit securing process and even why you need them can help to accelerate the procedures.
First of all, your builder should take care of all permits, licenses, HOA approvals, and inspections. Confirm with your builder that this is within the contract and inquire from the start about city permits, HOA approvals, processes, and timelines. Second, permits never take the amount of time you think they should—they take longer. This is frequently due to heavy paperwork involved in issuing them.
Another common reason for delays is decision making and shipping of materials, which takes us to the next issue.
Cabinets, sinks, countertops, flooring, hardware, fixtures—virtually every aspect of your new home will require you to make a decision on, and then the materials will need to be ordered. If your material of choice is out of stock, it can take weeks or even months before your order can be fulfilled.
For some, the decision-making process can be overwhelming. Give yourself plenty of time to explore your options and do research on the interior design you wish to go with. Once you have a style in mind, stick to it. This will make it easier to make a decision when your first option is not available. Frequent mind-changing is known to be the number one reason for delays.
Knowing the risk for decision fatigue, builders and architects can provide you with preselected options that match your vision.
Poor Space Planning
When you are looking at your home’s blueprints, try to imagine doing a walk-through. Remember to take your lifestyle and habits into consideration. Think long-term to see where you will be and what you will need from your home.
Pay attention to where you place your closets and recreation rooms. There should be one closet in each bedroom and in the main hallway. But do you really need that man cave? Too many underused storage or recreational spaces can take away from living space.
People believe brand-new homes are free of major issues. However, shortcuts and cover-ups for mistakes during such a huge production commonly linger below the surface of a new home.
Poorly cut door frames, misleveled floors, or something insignificant as a misplaced electrical outlet, can make a corner of your home completely uncomfortable.
These are only some of the possible difficulties you could encounter when building your custom home. Always consult with your professionals of choice for advice when building on your land.
If you’re looking for the perfect lot in Harlingen to build your dream house, the real estate experts at SRC Land can help you find and buy the right spot for the right amount.