Building a Custom Home - Part 1 Before you Meet a Builder

Buying a brand new home is one of the biggest decisions and most important investment most people will make in their lifetime. From the decision to build a new home to the final stages before you take possession there is a lot to think about and several stages that take place while building a new home. You want to have your needs and wants laid out, what type of home you want, what neighbourhood you would like to live in and, most importantly, your budget. Here is a list of things to think about before you start meeting with builders.


·         distance to work; traffic; public transportation

·         schools and child care

·         places of worship; hospitals; libraries

·         distance to shops

·         green spaces; recreational facilities

·         What are the long-term plans for the community—e.g. growth, roads, facilities, commercial/industrial expansion?

·         Are there any community or development covenants and bylaws that restrict how you can live in your home (e.g. no pets)?

Your home

·         style, size, number of bedrooms, other rooms needed or wanted

·         layout: open concept or divided spaces, formal or informal spaces, privacy needs, flexibility to change use of space in the future

·         mobility restrictions or health considerations

·         energy efficiency

·         outdoor spaces

·         Wants and needs-the things you have always dreamed of having and things you need to have

·         pre-wiring for automation, security systems, communication, entertainment, business


·         the down payment you have available

·         the monthly mortgage payment you are comfortable with

·         other financial obligations and needs

It is great to talk with friends, co-workers or family that have recently built a new home and get their feedback and suggestions. Also it is a good idea to ask your lender for a pre-approval for a mortgage so you know your price range. Start to attend show homes to get ideas of features and finishings.


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