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 www.hammerschmidtinc.com.

To Custom Build Or To Not Custom Build, That Is The Question

Custom homes are highly desirable; and quite honestly, they come at a high price to match. Custom built homes are “la creme de la creme” or the cream of the crop. When reasons such as the budget come into play, alternatives need to be considered. Furthermore, with the housing crash it is potentially less expensive to fully renovate your current home than it is to build a custom home from the ground up. After all, if you are a homeowner already, and you like the location, then doing a whole house renovation is a smart choice. Besides, the house is already erected with a foundation and a roof, so it is just a matter of redoing the insides.

So to custom build or to not custom build, that is the question. Of course with each scenario there are pros and cons to both–yes both–sides of the coin on this. There are some crucial questions that need to be asked before coming to a conclusion on this matter.

Ask yourself and your spouse if you like the location of our current home. Is it close enough to work, and school (if you have children)? It may be close, but do you like the neighbors and the neighborhood in general? If so, then it may be best to have a home renovation. If the basic structure (foundation, walls, roof) of the home is sound, then why not remodel a few things here and there? My Sage Homes knows all about renovating and remodeling, find out more here http://www.mysagehome.com.

Financing is a large aspect to consider as well. Money does make the world go-round. Use Bankrate’s calculators found here: http://www.bankrate.com/calculators.aspx to help you calculate an appropriate home equity, mortgage or other home-related cost. It is always nice to be able to afford something within or just under your means. Learning what can be afforded is wise; heading into a remodel financially blind can lead to devastating end-times.

Overall, knowing your budget and being able to pinpoint your desires are key to answering the question. To custom build or to not custom build, that is the question!

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.

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