Today, nearly every couple or family desires a home built to their specifications of what their “dream home” truly is. As custom Flower Mound home builders who construct homes in the most affluent areas around Dallas, we understand your desire to live the American dream. However, we also know that many families have a budget, and building a custom home can seem like something that’s, in reality, out of your reach. Because of our experience in the industry, we know there are some things you can do to put a custom built home within your reach. Here are a few ideas that may change your mind if you’re weighing the pros and cons of building custom, or purchasing an existing home.
Make a list of those “must-haves.” What are your basic needs, and what would really be considered a luxury? Some homeowners think a bathroom for each bedroom is important, while others stick to the basics. In order to really know what must be in your home, make two lists – one that include things that can be eliminated and that you really don’t want, and one for the features/items that are essential for your home.
Determine your true budget by not leaving out any details. When building a custom home in Flower Mound or another upscale community in the Dallas area, you should consider permits, land, utilities, and any other professional services that are required prior to house plans being drawn up. Develop a comprehensive, detailed budget that includes every penny you could potentially spend, even if it turns out you don’t face some of the expenditures. You want to know approximately how much it will cost per square foot to build your dream home, which requires substantial research for the geographic location you intend to build in.
Shop for bargains when it comes to furnishings and decorating. Cabinetry, appliances, furnishings, floor coverings, window treatments, lighting fixtures – all of these things can really add up. Don’t buy on impulse; instead, search for the best price on every item you need in designing and furnishing your home. You can find lots of discounts online, and wholesalers can save you a substantial amount of money on items that are particularly costly. By avoiding a concrete deadline, most people can realize substantial savings.
Consider timing, and material costs. When it comes to building a custom home, timing is everything as material costs fluctuate depending on factors including whether the building site is prone to tornadoes or wildfires, or even the demand in building materials. The majority of custom home builders have access to suppliers who can provide deep discounts for customers who order building materials in bulk, so keep this in mind.
Select a reputable builder. Experience is everything when it comes to choosing a custom home builder. You want someone who is used to working with families regarding their specific needs, and who knows how to help you enjoy significant savings on particular aspects of your home. Talk with prior clients of the builder, and ask plenty of questions about which areas it may be possible to reduce costs in.
Avoid making changes at the last minute that aren’t absolutely necessary, as this can cost as well due to rework and the time spent by the builder to make changes. At Bud Bartley Custom Homes, we have all of the experience, skill, and dedication essential to making your dreams come true. We work with potential homeowners to help you stay within budget, and still live the life of your dreams!