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custom-homes-what-to-expect-for-the-first-steps-great-falls-vaDeciding whether to buy a home or build a custom home is a major decision. It may be easy or difficult to make depending on your situation and what you want and need as a homeowner. If you are still trying to decide or you already have your mind set on custom homes, you should look into the first steps of the process as this will help you prepare for the home building process.

Determine the Size and Style

It is important and necessary to determine the size and style of the home you wish to have built. If you already know exactly what you want style-wise and have a good size in mind, all you have to do is communicate this to a home building company for them to turn it into reality.

Get Help from the Builders

If you are unsure about what you want in your home, you should not be afraid to enlist help from home builders because they have plenty of knowledge and experience that can help with this process.

Review Ideas to Find a Winner

After telling the builders what you want in a home or going through ideas with them, they will create designs for you to look at and analyze. Since building a home is a long process, there is nothing wrong with going through as many designs as you need to until you are pleased with the outcome.

Taking your time with this important process is beneficial in numerous ways. For instance, you and the builders will be happy that you are satisfied with the design and plans, and you will be far less likely to want to make any changes during the construction process, which can be costly and time-consuming.

Contact us to learn more about building a custom home.

19e38db1-71c5-4c49-fafb-77ba1bff9e47It is easy to spend thousands of dollars on your home throughout the years, so being able to increase your monthly savings can have an enormous impact after a significant amount of time has passed. With a few upgrades, it is possible to earn $20 per month in savings, which may not seem like much, but it adds up to $240 per year and $2,400 over the course of a whole decade. Making use of home remodeling in an attempt to save money is an excellent option, but you must focus on the long-term savings and not immediate savings as this is where you will see a huge difference in costs.

Replacing Your Windows and Doors

While older windows and doors may work fine, they may not be doing their job to save you money. It is beneficial to replace them as you can get energy-efficient ones that will lower your utilities. When your central air conditioning system has to do less work to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, you will end up using less energy, and this is how you will save money by replacing windows and doors.

Getting Energy-efficient Appliances

Along with acquiring appliances from reputable manufacturers, you should focus on energy-efficient ones as this can lead to savings on homeowners insurance in the form of a discount after getting certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. While the savings from home insurance is worth looking forward to, other savings come from another upgrade to reduce your energy usage.

Investing in a Tankless Water Heater

A tankless water heater may cost a bit more money than a standard one, but you are more than likely to be satisfied with investing in one for long-term savings and because it requires far less maintenance. It is important to understand that an upgrade like this will cost more than purchasing a standard water heater and having it installed, so it is the future that you must look at to understand the value in this investment. When you want to increase your long-term savings from home remodeling, feel free to contact us as we can provide you with the help you need to make this happen.

edf4c001-9f6a-44e8-a590-3635d1ac1641You've been planning it for what seems like years. You have all of the current home design magazines. You visit websites for the latest and greatest architectural design ideas. You've been saving and have finally amassed the budget. But you really aren't ready to add that addition until you answer the following questions.

1. If you were starting new, how would you design your house?

Don't get mired in the details, simply think about a clean slate. What would you do differently? Oftentimes people can't see the forest for the trees, and in this case your house may be causing you not to be able to truly visualize your dream addition. Remove the obvious to find exaltation. 

2. How much value will your new addition add to your home?

It should be on your mind the moment you considered the addition. Even if you are planning on living in your current home for a very long time, the idea of a resale should always be considered (not to mention refinance or lines of credit). Don't consider it as if your new addition will be profitable, you just need to keep in mind a realistic payback amount.

3. Have you gone over all of the zoning restrictions? 

Depending on where you live, the township, municipality, city, etc., will have limitations on your building rights. There may be restrictions on the distance from the street your addition can be. A limit on how much of your lot can be covered with impermeable materials (like concrete and and structures), and so on. Inquire at your area's building department before beginning construction.

4. Will the addition fit well with your current design scheme?

You've probably planned it, but have you considered how your fresh addition will look when it's attached to your existing home? Adding an addition requires finesse (and the help from professionals) to make it look a part of the house, and not like it was tacked on. Not to mention the interior issues of utilities, heating, and windows, as well as a fluid design that makes sense aesthetically. 

5. How much are you planning to spend?

The only real way to get an accurate cost budget is to talk to a professional in the field. A large addition can be quite pricey, so you'll want to have at the very least an estimate as to the overall budget you'll need. Click here to get 2014s cost versus value report for your area. 

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