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8 Things to Know Before Building a Custom Home

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10/27/21

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Carrie Barker

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Preparing to build your dream home can be an extremely overwhelming project … especially if you’ve never done it before. There are a million and one things you need to know before building a custom home.

But don’t worry … we’re going to knock down the daunting task of preparing for your home build into baby steps. All you need to focus on is taking one (teeny tiny) step at a time … and we’re going to do this through a roundup of my top home build preparation blog posts.

I’m obviously biased (😎) but my website is seriously your one-stop-shop for home building tips and advice … from preparing for your home build to designing your dream home (and everything in between).

My blog has tons of blog posts to help prepare you for your build and to help you understand your design options. However, I’ll make this easier for you and get you started with just 8 blog posts that I think you’ll find especially helpful as you prepare to build your dream home :).

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE BUILDING A CUSTOM HOME

In case we haven’t met, I’m Carrie and it’s my mission to help you with the big picture planning for your home build (via my blog and programs) so that you feel equipped and empowered to make the hard decisions. My goal is for you to end up with a home that you absolutely love (without design regrets and without blowing your budget). 

A great way to start is with this roundup of several (helpful) blog posts of things you should know as you prepare for your home build. 

POST 1: 3 COSTLY MISTAKES WHEN PLANNING TO BUILD A HOUSE

Has anyone ever told you, ‘It’s inevitable you’ll go over budget when building because everyone goes over budget’? Yeah, I’ve heard that too, but it’s not true! The #truth is that *most* people DO go significantly over budget because they fall into the trap of 3 common mistakes when planning to build a house.

Just knowing these ‘3 Costly Mistakes When Planning to Build a House’  (and avoiding them!) can change the entire trajectory of your home build. 

Rather than getting to the end of your build and regretting major design decisions or feeling financially strapped because your mortgage is WAY higher than you wanted, you can get to the end of your build and feel HAPPY with all of your design decisions …  and your wallet will thank you too since you were able to stick within (or very close to) budget!

POST 2: WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO PLAN BEFORE BUILDING YOUR HOME

Are you building your first (or next) home and you have no clue where to start? Are you afraid to make all of the design decisions you know you’ll have to make and, even worse, making costly mistakes? 

Building a home doesn’t have to be scary! You just need to have a plan in place BEFORE building your home.

The key to feeling confident as you make design decisions and not breaking the bank is going into the process with a plan. Your dream home should be hashed out before you ever break ground!

Learn ‘Why It’s Important to Plan Before Building Your Home’.

POST 3: THE CRUCIAL FIRST STEP TO DESIGNING YOUR DREAM HOME

Are you excited to build your dream home but you’re also terrified that you’ll make design decisions that you might later regret? Good news … I’m sharing ‘The Crucial First Step to Designing Your Dream Home’.

Making sure to complete this first step will give you much more confidence in your ability to get to the end of your home build and feel great about your design decisions.

POST 4: HOW TO STAY ORGANIZED DURING YOUR CUSTOM HOME BUILD

There are many moving parts when building a custom home. The sheer amount of decisions can be paralyzing. However, the whole process can be MUCH less overwhelming if you feel organized and in control. 

In ‘How to Stay Organized During Your Custom Home Build’, you’ll find six EASY tips to keep your thoughts, ideas, and documents organized while building your house. You can implement these tips immediately!

POST 5: DO I NEED AN ARCHITECT FOR MY CUSTOM HOME DESIGN?

Do I really need to hire an architect to design my custom home? 

The (very) short answer to your question is no, but obviously, there are many factors that go into this decision.

If you google search this question, you’ll notice that many of the articles are written by either an architect or a custom builder … so take their advice with a grain of salt.

In ‘Do I Need an Architect for my Custom Home Design?’, I share unbiased information about the pros and cons of hiring an architect so you can make the best decision for YOUR family and YOUR needs … not what builders or architects may be swaying you to do.

POST 6: HOW TO CHOOSE A CUSTOM HOME BUILDER

There are MANY decisions when building a new home. One of the *most* important decisions is choosing your builder because your relationship with your builder sets the tone for your entire building experience.

‘How to Choose a Custom Home Builder’ includes an in-depth overview of how to choose the best custom home builder for your project. 

POST 7: HOW TO PREPARE FOR A (PRODUCTIVE) FIRST MEETING WITH A BUILDER

Feeling a bit overwhelmed and unsure about what you should do BEFORE you meet with your home builder for the first time? Do you have a million thoughts running through your head but have no clue how to organize them? Or possibly you don’t even know where to start with gathering ideas?!

No worries! I’ll guide you through this! In this blog post, you’ll find a list of specific steps to help you organize your thoughts and documents, as well as easy tasks to help you prepare for a PRODUCTIVE first meeting with your builder! 

By the end of reading ‘How to Prepare for a (Productive) First Meeting with a Builder’, you’ll feel more confident and organized with a folder full of necessary documents when you walk into that first meeting! YES!

POST 8: HOW TO FINANCE YOUR HOME BUILD: TWO LOAN TYPES

This isn’t the most exciting topic BUT a construction loan is something you NEED to know about when building a house … unless you have enough disposable income sitting around to pay for your new build.

For the rest of us, it’s important to know how to finance your home build! By the end of reading ‘How to Finance Your Home Build: Two Loan Types’, you will understand the basics of the two main construction loan options (construction-to-permanent loan vs. stand-alone construction loan) as well as the pros and cons of each option.

WANNA DIVE DEEPER?!

Believe me … by simply reading the blog posts shared above, you’ll be far ahead of *most* people when it comes to preparing to build a custom home.

However, if you want to dig a little deeper into preparing for a successful home build, I invite you to register for my *FREE* on-demand video training: 3 Simple Keys to Build Your Dream Home Within Budget (without sacrificing your must-haves, no matter how big or small your budget)

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