Tips for Success When Building a Custom Home

Building a new home can be a difficult and frustrating process without the right support and a team to guide you through the process. Choosing a custom build allows you to personalise your home and make it uniquely yours. Metronest Homes are specialist custom home builders in Melbourne’s west, with an abundance of experience in designing and building high quality bespoke homes for hundreds of happy clients. Here are a few tips to help you along your custom home building journey.

Find The Right Builder

Selecting the right builder to handle your custom home is crucial to the project’s success. For the best results, look for a home builder who has experience with design as well as construction.

The right builder will work with you to design and build a home to suits your needs, lifestyle and budget. Visit display homes and if any friends or relatives have recently built a house, ask for their advice and recommendations. When you find a builder you like:

  • Have a close look at some of the houses they have recently constructed to ensure the quality is high.
  • Ask them for any design suggestions that you may not have considered. An experienced builder will be able to recommend design features that will optimise space and functionality.
  • As you’ll be working with them for a number of months, make sure you’re comfortable with them and that they communicate well.

A custom home builder should also have knowledge of the area in which they are building and remember to investigate your chosen builder’s licensing, insurance, and testimonials, and make sure that they match up with your stylistic choices.

Make Selections Early

The more design selections you make during the initial architectural design phase, the more exact your plans and specifications will be, ensuring you a more stress-free construction experience. Tackling selections during the architectural design phase gives you the time you need to evaluate your options, consult with your team, and feel assured in your decisions. With selections made early, everyone has a clear vision of your home before you even break ground, which will lead to fewer mistakes and costly after-thoughts. Early decisions will also ensure your builder can give you an extremely comprehensive and accurate construction budget, which will give you much-needed peace of mind and security in your financial investment.

Make Sure Your Builder Uses High Quality Tradespeople

A high-quality finish requires high-quality tradespeople that have experience with your specific type of project. An experienced builder with a track record of success should be backed by a team with proven abilities in the materials and designs you want in your home. Low quality and inexperienced trades can result in poor work, costly mistakes, and completion delays. Substandard work can also lead to warranty issues in the future. Ask your builder if they have their own in-house team of contractors or how subcontractors are chosen before construction begins. Make sure you let your builder know what your expectations are when it comes to quality.

Expect the Unexpected

When it comes to construction, things rarely go exactly to plan. While an experienced custom builder is used to constant problem solving, you may not be. Things such as bad weather, delivery of incorrect materials and inspection delays can sometimes hold up the process, but remember that your builder has seen it all before and will do their best to get things back on track when things don’t go according to plan.

To learn more about building a custom home in Melbourne, or if you are interested in our custom building services, contact Metronest Homes today on 1300 510 733 or fill out the contact form on our website.

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