Custom Exterior Doors – Hiring Custom Home Builders to Do the Job

Custom Exterior DoorsHomeowners who have reached the pinnacle in their lives, careers or businesses want only the best for themselves, their families and loved ones. This applies to every aspect of their lives including their homes. Next to building a new and fully furnished home in a plush area in Boston, Massachusetts or anywhere else in the country, such homeowners would choose to have home renovation or home remodeling jobs performed by custom home builders and general contractors.

This requirement not only applies to the structure of the house itself but to other facets and elements included in the home, such as fixtures, furniture and even doors. A shabby and dull-looking door would definitely not qualify to the taste and preference of these homeowners, who would only want the best for their homes. The best way to achieve this is to have custom exterior doors built by custom home builders and door manufacturers that would fit in exactly to what the homeowner desires for his home. For detailed advice on modern exterior doors, please visit

Selecting A Custom Home Builder

Finding a custom home builder can be very exciting, very rewarding and VERY nerve racking if the proper “Due Diligence” is not exercised.

Beware of the BAITERS!

What is a BAITERS?

Custom Home BuilderA “Baiter” is a Builder that will quote a ridiculously low price per square foot dollar amount. The low price per square foot grabs your attention. The tactic / ploy then entices you to contact the Custom Builder. It is when you start “peeling back the onion” that you start to realize that the ridiculously low price per square foot number didn’t include everything (site work, all permits, etc…) and is being quoted with low grade / sub standard materials.

What are the “Make Sure” things to do when selecting a custom home builder?

1) Make Sure that the price quoted by any custom home builder is ALL inclusive. This includes, but is not limited to, ALL of the permits, ALL of the necessary site work (driveway, excavations, septic, etc…) and ALL of the necessary hookups (water & sewer, well & septic, gas & electric). NO surprises later, when it’s too late. If you are not a handyman you will want the Custom Home Building process to be completely “Turn-Key”.

2) Make Sure that you compare “Apples to Apples” when comparing materials used by any  new home builder. The use of 2×4 construction versus 2×6 construction, Formica Countertops versus Granite Counter tops, Single Hung windows versus Double Hung Windows, Brick versus Vinyl Siding, Grades of Cabinets, Grades of Carpet, Grades of Appliances, the list can go on and on… The best thing to do is run a computer spreadsheet comparing the included specifications of one perspective Custom Home Builder to another Custom Home Builder.

3) Make Sure that you visit a couple of Custom Homes that are under construction to check out “Build Quality” and actual materials used. If you see a subcontractor / vendor onsite, don’t take up an inordinate amount of time (they are working) but ask them, “Do you like working for this particular Custom Builder?” If there are any payment problems or if it is a poorly run jobsite you maybe surprised at the candid answers you will receive. Notice the condition of the job site. Is it sloppy or messy? This may be an indication of a “I don’t care” attitude.

4) Make Sure there is a communication process in place during construction. EVERY week you should be informed of what events are scheduled on your home for that particular week. Pictures, emails, phone calls, etc… are all excellent tools for a custom home builder to stay in touch with their client.

5) Make Sure that ANY builder you are considering has EXCELLENT customer references. Contact several references and ask them about their overall experience with the Custom Builder. If people weren’t happy with their experience – they will tell you.

Affordable Luxury Custom Home Living in Today’s Economy?

“Would it be accurate to say that markets are driven by two emotions: fear and greed?” If that is the case, then significant opportunities arise when things are negative.

Fear vs. Greed. When real estate prices suffer losses for a sustained period, individuals become fearful of further losses. However, being fearful leads to hesitation and hesitation based on emotion can become just as costly as being too greedy.

Let me explain …
History has taught us how greed dominated the stock market rise during the dotcom boom and how quickly that greed turned to fear after its bust, evidenced by people switching to low-risk, low-return investments.

Did we learn from history?
Luxury Custom HomeSince the stock market low on March 5, 2009 … the S&P 500 has rallied and produced a very respectable gain of approximately 50 percent. We saw people, out of emotional fear sell low but are now scrambling to buy, but at higher prices.

We also saw the price of new houses rise by 300% and the price of raw land rise by 1,000% during the real estate boom of the 1980′s. Then the bottom fell out in 1992. However, after hitting bottom, real estate prices increased to an annual rate of 25% and the price of land rose to an astounding 1,700%.

Can we learn from history and apply it to today’s real estate market?
Buying and selling decisions are more often motivated by people’s fear or greed rather than logical thinking and a study of history. Will logic help us find hidden value in a market that is presently down 30 to 50 percent?

According to the Commerce Department – New home sales were up for the fourth straight month – Orders for durable goods were up 5% last month – U.S. consumer spending was up in July – Confidence among U.S. consumers was higher than forecast in August

According to David Berson, chief economist for the PMI Group, residential construction and home sales led the way out of the previous seven recessions.

If we are too fearful to explore, are we missing an opportunity?
Investing genius Warren Buffet famously wrote, “be fearful when others are greedy and be greedy only when others are fearful.”

When it comes to buying a home that you intend to live in for at least 10 years, there is little to no risk of losing money on your investment, even if the market continues to drop or remains stagnant a little longer. » Read more