What to Ask Yourself Before Building a Custom Home in 2021

Building a new home can be both exciting and stressful, especially when you’re doing it with a partner or loved ones. You might feel like you’re in a continual tug-of-war at times, going back and forth about what your biggest needs are and what the budget allows.

That being said, it is an extremely rewarding experience that you won’t regret if you are brave enough to take the leap. If you’re building a custom home in 2021, make sure you answer these questions first to ensure a smooth and a fulfilling process.

What’s my dream location?

For most homeowners, location has a big impact on their building and design choices. Whether you’re investing in your forever home or a Jersey shore vacation home, life on the coastline requires careful planning and attention to detail. We’ll work with you to find an ideal location that meets your needs and lifestyle, while guiding you through any building requirements so you can properly budget.

What are my biggest priorities?

Priorities can change over time, so it’s important to focus on what you’re not willing to compromise on in the long-term. Maybe that’s space for your family and pets, or perhaps you want a home defined by its outdoor space. It is also becoming increasing common to have a dedicated area for working from home. Be sure to communicate your top priorities with your customer home builder, or anything you aren’t willing to leave out of the budget.

Do I plan on relocating?

It’s true that even the most luxurious of homes land on the market from time to time, and there is definitely a demand for them. If there’s potential for you to relocate in the future, you should take time to consider what your future buyers will be looking for – i.e. quality building materials, high-end tech amenities and appliances, proximity to the shoreline, square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and more. Build a home you love while keeping its resale value in the back of your mind.

Have I vetted my custom home builder?

“Vetted” might seem like a strong word, but when you’re investing in something as permanent as a home, you’ll definitely want to do your research. Make sure to look over their portfolio, client reviews, awards and recognition, and anything else that reinforces their reputation. If you’re having doubts, it is better to walk away than risk having your project mismanaged, delayed, or even left unfinished.

What should I expect from my custom home builder?

In our opinion, effective communication is the key to every successful home-building experience. We work closely with our clients to ensure they understand all aspects of the new home construction process, from planning to execution. You should expect to have a dedicated project manager who supervises every facet of the build, provides ample lead time for decisions and product selection, and openly communicates about where you’re at with the budget.

Last but not, remember to be realistic with your schedule. This will not only leave a buffer for things like foul weather and any delayed shipments, but also give you room to ask for any last-minute wants or needs as the project is moving along.

Perhaps 3 or 6 months down the road you’ve changed your mind about the mud room or want to extend your patio further than you originally requested. Keep communication open and work with your contractor to ensure there is room for both parties to be flexible.

If you want to cut out the guesswork and move forward with a company seasoned in building prestigious custom homes, Monetti is here to help. Contact us today to start discussing your vision for the future!

Monetti Custom Homes specializes in custom home design, custom home construction, and custom home renovation along the beautiful New Jersey coastline. For more information, contact us here. Please call to speak to a specialist at 732.223.7949.

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