A Custom Fit – From Initial Vision to Welcome Home!

By: Don Hannig

You have a vision – the perfect home for your lifestyle, designed solely for you with an ideal mix of sheer beauty and ease of living. But everyone knows that custom home building can be a nightmare of problems, endless meetings, reworking and sweating every little detail that comes along… right?

Not necessarily so. If your residential builder is experienced and committed to facilitating the custom process, selecting a design concept no longer needs to create an agony of minute decision-making. It can be done smoothly and efficiently.

Leave the Headache Out Please!

It is well known that a new homebuilder can easily get bogged down in the detail and selection process of customizing. Creating your new home is a stressful thing. You’ve really only got one shot. But, a savvy builder knows that an anxious and uncertain client can create a bevy of re-vamps, change-ups and indecision – and will strive to lighten your load. Look for a builder who has been through the process many times before and has literally paved the way for you to make smooth quick decisions.

Breaking It Down

A competent design/build team will be efficient in breaking down the customization process into smaller manageable pieces. Often one selection will impact the next, in a smooth and logical order. Your builder should have a roadmap of sorts to go by, with a realistic plan — on paper — to show you. Their goal should be to provide the best possible home-buying experience and the most choice within your financial means. Let’s take a look at five of these key pieces.

1.  Vision. This is the conception of your dream – time to create a Wish List! Be sure to divide it into three parts: Must Haves, Important Options, and Would Likes. Must haves are non-negotiable but the rest can be played with as you move along. Check out this site for some ideas, web seminars, and videos.

2.  Budget. The concept is simple: spend your money on the things that are most important to you. An experienced team will be able to guide you through the hard numbers and percentages, and pinpoint where you could run into trouble.

3.  Location. Think hard here about your lifestyle preferences, and how they will be best served by your location. Look for a company that has many different subdivisions to choose from. Planned Residential Developments are an option that is becoming increasingly popular. These communities can provide the homebuyer the utmost in custom quality and choice while protecting your investment through aesthetic design goals.

4.  Floor Plan. Many developers will have options for you to peruse online, with varieties in square footage and room count. You won’t have to start from scratch.

5.  Exterior & Interior Components. These choices are many, and are a place where homebuilders frequently get caught up with detail. A competent residential builder will have strong relationships with solid companies, and recommendations to guide you easily through this process. Think about going with “green building” — you may find that it will be much more cost effective in the long run!

Are We There Yet?

Don’t forget that the permitting, building, and inspection process takes time. But imagine the final outcome as you step across the threshold of your dream come to life that very first time! A competent and professional residential developer knows that as a new homeowner, you should be passionate about your dwelling place and feel a sense of pride and well being every time you pull into that driveway. A smooth path to attaining your vision is possible – and a smooth custom fit will welcome you home.

To find out more about the benefits of high quality building standards and Planned Residential Developments (PRD’s) like Keswick Pointe, the region’s newest PRD, please call us at 570-646-4646, email us at info@keswickpointe.com or visit our website at keswickpointe.com.

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