Why Building a Custom Home May Cost More Soon

February 16, 2016

Want to save up to 10-15% on your custom home cost? Thanks to upcoming International Residential Code changes, it looks like now may be the best time to build within your ideal custom home budget. Rather than sifting through pages and pages of building code, let us break it down for you on what these changes could mean to your custom home cost.

Why Now?

The International Residential Code changes approximately every three years, and it’s that time again. If you’ve been thinking about building, you may want to consider moving forward with the planning process now. If your plans are approved by your local building-code office prior to the adoption of the new International Residential Code changes, you may save anywhere from 0% to 15% on custom home costs. To put this in perspective, that could add up to $60,000 in savings up front on what is currently a $400,000 home.

History Indicates Custom Home Cost Will Rise

No one will really know how the new codes will affect the numbers until about a year from now when the relevant data is available. However, historically the costs associated with building a home have gone up rather than down. More information about the estimated custom home cost changes associated with the International Residential Code changes are available here. The cost of compliance continues to steadily increase. That means that it costs more to keep your home in line with community and state standards during the building process. If you want to avoid this potential increased cost of compliance, now might be the best time to build your home.

Planning Ahead – Home Isn’t Built in a Day

There are a number of factors aside from cost that go into your decision about the best time to build your home. If you’re not in the industry, keeping track of International Residential Code changes probably doesn’t top your list of priorities. That’s why partnering with an experienced home builder now could save you thousands of dollars later. At Estes Builders, we pride ourselves on delivering quality custom homes on time and on budget. You can learn more about our custom home design process as well as how we build a budget to get an idea of what’s important to us: you. We want to build you the home you’ve always imagined. We also want you to feel well-informed and prepared for your next steps. If you’ve been pinning dream home elements, maybe it’s time to think about starting the home design process. Getting the ball rolling now could help you save big this year. Ready to start planning? Get a free project analysis here. 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.]]>