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October 14, 2014

A How To Guide to Buying a New Home

Buying a new home is a rare event for many homeowners. Even rarer is the experience of building a custom home. Unfortunately, there’s a steep learning curve to the process. If you’re buying a new home, and designing and building it from the ground up, you need expert advice and help. Some homeowners think they’re up for a challenge and then upon getting deeper into the process, realize the value of working with a professional, seasoned custom homebuilder in their area. For more than a decade, Custom Choice Homes in Omaha has helped scores of homeowners build custom homes, and we’ve developed a propriety process of guiding new homeowners through the process.

Here’s an overview of the steps involved:

Step 1: It all comes down to the numbers.

Plan for your budget in terms of what you can afford to spend on a home versus your dream home—or an estimated cost of the home you’d like to build. Talk to friends and family who’ve built a new home and decide upon the must-have features you want, including the floor plans, square footage and upgrades. Get approved for a mortgage.

Step 2: Choose a location.

In many cases, prospective homeowners are limited to developments or approved sites. Talk through components like building codes you’ll need to follow, drainage issues and soil factors when selecting a site.

Step 3: Gather the team.

To build the home of your dreams, you’ll need a “dream team” behind your efforts. Use experienced excavators and insightful designers that will help you make decisions and offer insight from experience to avoid costly mistakes.

Step 4: Choose a floor plan and design factors.

Design is what gives your home character, charm and comfort. At this stage of the game, the decisions you make are final, as the builder will proceed based on these choices. Some of the decisions you’ll have to make range from building construction materials to finishes to HVAC equipment. Choice Custom Homes is a ‘Her Home Approved Builder,’ showing that we understand the importance of livability in your home. Whether you’re juggling work and family and at the end of a day you just want to relax in your master suite, or your social life requires an open floor plan to accommodate entertaining, each home is built with your lifestyle in mind.

Step 5: Commit.

With the right team in place, an approved mortgage and preliminary homebuilding decisions made, it’s time to finalize the agreement. Sign a contract with the builder and make sure it outlines all of the project details.

Step 6: Let the building begin.

With the paperwork and finances sorted out, the builder will survey the land and pull the required permits in order to pour the foundation and frame the home. After that, the HVAC systems, electrical and plumbing are roughed in. Once the insulation and drywall are completed, the builder will focus on interior components like cabinets, flooring and trim. The final steps include a homeowner walk-through, inspection and closing.

Make the experience of buying a home a good one. Work with professionals who have a proven reputation of building quality homes that last. If you’re ready to take the plunge and build a custom home, contact Custom Choice Homes today!

Nicole

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