When Should You Meet with a Custom Home Builder?

September 22, 2015

Thinking about building a custom home in Western Washington? If so, chances are that you’ve spent hours online researching land, builders, and design ideas. The internet is a great way to research home builder testimonials, a photo gallery of a builder’s work, industry awards, and the design build process. But while the web is a great resource for general information (and lots of design inspiration), it doesn’t provide the specific information that you need about what it will take to build your home, on your lot, and on your schedule and budget. That’s why the initial Project Analysis appointment is so important to the success of your new home build. It’s a free service that gives you the opportunity to get feedback about your project from design experts. The earlier in the process that you schedule your Project Analysis the more successful the partnership with your builder will be. So how soon is too soon? Here are some common myths about why people wait too long to schedule the initial Project Analysis – and why starting early can save time and money.

Myth #1: I Need to Own Land First

You don’t need to own land to schedule a Project Analysis. In fact, there are many advantages to meeting with a builder before you buy land. Review your vision with a builder first to get more information about what to look for in a lot before you purchase. There are construction, land use, and environmental permits that are specific to Western Washington. An experienced builder will be able to provide valuable insight that can save you money (and headaches) later. Already own land? Meet with a builder to get more information on how to maximize light and views, land costs such as grading and clearing, and any specific building challenges to be aware of. Watch this video to learn more about how we helped the Howards overcome building challenges on their lot: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=12&v=Nk0Nc0TuOdM[/embed] See more testimonial videos >

Myth #2: I Need a Clear Design Vision

The process of designing and building a custom home includes hundreds of decisions. It can be overwhelming to do it on your own. Meet with a home builder early to simplify the process. An experienced builder that has been through the design process with hundreds of customers will have a streamlined process to save you time. This can help you define a vision that makes sense for your budget, your lifestyle, and your style. Just ask the Clarks. They brought us a picture from a magazine of a home they liked. Our team collaborated with them to turn a picture in a magazine into their dream home.   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=83&v=odg_o0-u_ZU[/embed] See more testimonial videos >

Myth #3: I Need My Financing in Place

Construction financing is an important part of building a custom home, but trying to navigate the process without a clear understanding of what it will cost to build your home can feel like wandering in the dark. Discuss your project with an experienced custom home builder who can provide insight into items that you may not have considered in your budget. This means that you can discuss your financing needs with confidence knowing that there won’t be unwelcome surprises later. Don’t keep wishing you could live in your dream home. Schedule a Project Analysis today and find out how to start building it. There’s never a cost or obligation. It’s simply a smart way to make an informed decision about where, when and how to build the home of your dreams.       Estes Builders is an award-winning design build firm that specializes in custom homes in Western Washington. We have earned more than 130 customer testimonials and a reputation as Western Washington’s most trusted custom home builder. We build custom homes in Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Port Ludlow, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Silverdale, Port Orchard and surrounding areas. Contact us for a FREE Project Analysis to discuss your project.]]>