Cost of Lot

Water/Sewer/Gas Tap Fees

Architectural Fees

Finance Charges (during build)

Engineering Fees

Interior Design Fees

Hard Construction Fees

Landscape/Irrigation Fees

Real Estate Fees

 

 

Employment

Schools

Recreation

Shopping

Medical Needs

Proximity to Children/Grandchildren

 

 

Directional Facing of Home  —Views  —Wind  —Sun

Topography (Slope for Garden or Walkout)

Location within Neighborhood—Privacy, Cul de sac, Traffic, parks

Adequate Dimensions (Will the home footprint fit?)

Home Owners Association Covenants, Architectural Guidelines

Amenities—Pool, Tennis, Greenbelts, Open Space, Trails

 

 

 

Integrity, Reputation, Past Clients, Ask me

Formal Training

Interview them

Builder Tour of Homes

Quality—the trim work & cabinets tell a lot

Warranties?

 

 

Functional Work of Art  —or stock plans?

A personal mater —aesthetics, wind, sun angles

Make a list, call the firms, personal interviews

Work with builder before?

 

 

 

 

Expertise in Finishing

Furnishings

Color, Texture, Pattern —to make spaces aesthetically interesting

Access to “trade only” suppliers

See their portfolios —or a home they designed

Satisfy the Client’s taste

Contract or letter of agreement

 

 

Call me first

Three ways: (1) Builder carries loan,

     (2) Buyer gets Construction loan

     (3) Cash

Get Good Faith Estimates and check if they have rate locks

Examine interest rate—but ALSO the points and fees

 

BUILDING YOUR CUSTOM HOME

Assembling a Winning Team