This Site All Started With a PoolThis Site All Started With a Pool


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This Site All Started With a Pool

I'm Jake Johnson and installing a pool in my home was not easy. First, I had to make the decision. I live alone since my wife died a few years ago, and it seemed rather frivolous to spend money on a pool. I'm not old, but age was a bit of a factor. It seemed almost irresponsible and childish to want a pool at my age. After I committed, I had to find the right contractor. With so many variables (price, time, personality, etc.), it was a lot harder than I thought. Next, I had to work with the contractor to find the proper space and size and look. After months of construction, I had my pool, but then I had to learn a lot about the proper care and upkeep. Overall, though, my little foray into construction (even if I didn't do any of the really hard work) was informative and worthwhile!

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Do & Don'ts of Working with Custom Home Builders

Having a custom home built is such an exciting experience. You will probably take some time to look into the different house styles before the initial consultation, consider what outdoor attributes you want, and maybe even do some Google research. However, there are a few general dos and don'ts to also keep in mind as you get started working with a custom home builder.

Don't: Forget to tack down your specific budget. 

It is always best if you have a budget in mind when you start working with the home builder. Without a budget, it can be hard to gauge which home options will actually be feasible for you. Consider how much you are willing to put into the land for the home and the house itself. Talk to a lender, if that is necessary, to get pre-approval for a loan amount.  These ideas will help guide you as you work with the builder and shop for the right location. 

Do: Look at the building sites that may be available in your area. 

It is always a good thing if you already have your land purchased when you have your consultation with a home builder, but even if you do not have a lot picked out and paid for, it is best if you have an idea of what is available. The type of lot that you have can have a major impact on what kind of house you can have built or what kind of house will look good at the location. For example, you probably wouldn't want a cottage-style home amid a bunch of modern brick houses in a suburban neighborhood. 

Don't: Hold back when it comes to telling the home builder what you want. 

It is easy to be led by the builder as they propose ideas. A lot of clients are a little overwhelmed with all the options and assume that the builder knows what is best. It is true the custom builder has a lot of insight to offer, but make sure you open up about your own wants and ideas in the process. 

Do: Expect the home-building process to take a while. 

From picking what you want to obtaining building permits, the whole process of having a home custom built can take some time. This is something to expect as you move forward with the whole process so you can plan accordingly about your current living arrangements.