Researching custom builders when you start on the journey of building your dream home is usually the second step after searching the internet for pictures to add to the home's vision board.
Looking at the builder's prior work and client reviews will help narrow down the builders who are reputable and can build homes in the style you like.
When selecting a builder for your custom home they will often give you a general cost per square foot to build. This is a good starting point to see how much house you can actually afford. But knowing what is included in their general cost per square foot is important and can help you narrow down your builder search even more.
Here is our list of inclusions for custom homes:
Solid surface countertops
Undermount Kitchen Sink
Tile surrounds in showers
Recessed LED lights
Owner Allowance for island pendant lights; dining room lights; vanity lights; porch lights.
Fiberglass entry door
Stainless Steel appliance package
Decorative Raised panel interior doors
9ft First floor Ceilings
Change drywall textured finish
Asphalt Shingle Roof
Four Exterior Hose bibs
Four Exterior Outlets
10-year Structural Warranty
Clarifying the little details about finish material can make for big cost differences on your overall decision of home builders when comparing their cost per square foot.
After getting your search down to a few builders, then its time to set up meetings with them. Having a face to face with the team can help get a feel for how you mesh, how they operate, and how the build process will go. You will be spending 6 months to a year with these folks so make sure you like them!